1My son, if you have put up #See Job 17:3security for your neighbor,
have #See Job 17:3given your pledge for a stranger,
2if you are #[ch. 5:22]snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
3then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten,#6:3 Or humble yourself and #[Luke 11:8; 18:5]plead urgently with your neighbor.
4 # ch. 20:13; Ps. 132:4 Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
5save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,#6:5 Hebrew lacks of the hunter
# See Ps. 91:3 like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 # [Job 12:7] Go to #ch. 30:25 the ant, O #ch. 10:26 sluggard;
consider her ways, and #ch. 23:19; 27:11be wise.
7 # [ch. 30:27] Without having any chief,
Ex. 5:6, 15 officer, or ruler,
8she prepares her bread #[ch. 10:5] in summer
and #[ch. 10:5]gathers her food in harvest.
9 # [Jonah 1:6] How long will you lie there, #[See ver. 6 above]O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 # ch. 24:33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little #ch. 24:33 folding of the hands to rest,
11 # ch. 24:34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
12 # ch. 16:27 A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with #ch. 4:24crooked speech,
13 # ch. 10:10; Ps. 35:19 winks with his eyes, signals#6:13 Hebrew scrapes with his feet,
points with his finger,
14with #See ch. 2:12 perverted heart #[Mic. 2:1]; See ch. 3:29 devises evil,
continually #[ch. 16:28]sowing discord;
15therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
Isa. 30:13, 14; Jer. 19:11 in a moment he will be broken #ch. 29:1; 2 Chr. 36:16beyond healing.
16There are #See Job 5:19six things that the Lord hates,
# See Job 5:19 seven that are an abomination to him:
17 # [ch. 8:13; 16:5; 21:4]; See Ps. 101:5 haughty eyes, #ch. 12:22; 17:7; Ps. 31:18; 120:2 a lying tongue,
and #Deut. 19:10; Isa. 1:15; 59:3, 7hands that shed innocent blood,
Gen. 6:5 a heart that devises wicked plans,
# See ch. 1:16 feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 # See Ps. 27:12 a false witness who #ch. 12:17; 14:5, 25; 19:5, 9 breathes out lies,
and one who #[See ver. 14 above]sows discord among brothers.
Warnings Against Adultery
20 # See ch. 1:8 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
# See ch. 1:8 and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21 # See ch. 3:3 Bind them on your heart always;
# [Job 31:36] tie them around your neck.
22 # See ch. 3:23, 24 When you walk, they#6:22 Hebrew it; three times in this verse will lead you;
# See ch. 3:23, 24 when you lie down, they will #ch. 2:11watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23For the commandment is #Ps. 119:105; [Ps. 13:3] a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the #[ch. 10:17]reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24to preserve you from the evil woman,#6:24 Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
from the smooth tongue of #See ch. 2:16the adulteress.#6:24 Hebrew the foreign woman
25 # [Matt. 5:28] Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her #[2 Kgs. 9:30]eyelashes;
26for #[ch. 29:3] the price of a prostitute is only #ch. 28:21; 1 Sam. 2:36 a loaf of bread,#6:26 Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
but a married woman#6:26 Hebrew a man’s wife #Ezek. 13:18hunts down a precious life.
27Can a man carry #Job 31:12 fire next to his #Ps. 79:12chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28Or can one #Isa. 43:2walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her #ch. 16:5will go unpunished.
30People do not despise a thief if he steals
to #Job 38:39satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31but #[Ex. 22:4] if he is caught, he will pay #See Ps. 79:12sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34For #ch. 27:4; Song 8:6 jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when #[Lev. 20:10]he takes revenge.
35He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.