Wise advice
1My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor
or shake hands in agreement with a stranger,
2you will be trapped by your words;
you will be caught by your words.
3Do this, my son, to get out of it,
for you have come under the control of your neighbor.
So go, humble yourself,#Heb uncertain and pester your neighbor.
4Don’t give sleep to your eyes
or slumber to your eyelids.
5Get yourself free like a gazelle from a hunter,
like a bird from the hand of a fowler.
6Go to the ant, you lazy person;
observe its ways and grow wise.
7The ant has no commander, officer, or ruler.
8Even so, it gets its food in summer;
gathers its provisions at harvest.
9How long, lazy person, will you lie down?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to lie down—
11and poverty will come on you like a prowler,
destitution like a warrior.
12Worthless people and guilty people
go around with crooked talk.
13They wink their eyes, gesture with their feet,
and point with their fingers.
14Their hearts are corrupt and determined to do evil;
they create controversies all the time.
15Therefore, sudden disaster will come upon them;
they will be quickly broken beyond healing.
16There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven things detestable to him:
17snobbish eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that spill innocent blood,
18a heart set on wicked plans,
feet that run quickly to evil,
19a false witness who breathes lies,
and one who causes conflicts among relatives.
Danger of adultery
20My son, keep your father’s command;
don’t abandon your mother’s instruction.
21Bind them on your heart for all time;
fasten them around your neck.
22When you walk around, they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will protect you;
when you awake, they will occupy your attention.
23The commandment is a lamp and instruction a light;
corrective teaching is the path of life.
24They guard you from the evil woman,
from the flattering tongue of the foreign woman.
25Don’t desire her beauty in secret;
don’t let her take you in with her eyelashes,
26for a prostitute costs a loaf of bread,#Heb uncertain
but a married woman hunts for a man’s very life.
27Can a man scoop fire into his lap
and his clothes not get burned?
28If a man walks on hot coals,
don’t his feet get burned?
29So is the man who approaches his neighbor’s wife;
anyone who touches her will be punished.
30People don’t despise a thief if he steals
to fill his starving stomach.
31But if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold;
he must give all the riches of his house.
32He who commits adultery is senseless.
Doing so, he destroys himself.
33He is wounded and disgraced.
His shame will never be wiped away.
34Jealousy makes a man rage;
he’ll show no mercy on his day of revenge.
35He won’t accept compensation;
he’ll refuse even a large bribe.
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