1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor # Or friend
or entered into an agreement with # Lit or shaken hands for or with a stranger, # The Hb word for stranger can refer to a foreigner, an Israelite outside one’s family, or simply to another person. #Pr 11:15|NoBook| 17:18|NoBook| 20:16|NoBook| 22:26|NoBook| 27:13
2you have been trapped by the words of your lips # Lit mouth —
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3Do this, then, my son, and free yourself,
for you have put yourself in your neighbor’s power:
Go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor.
4Don’t give sleep to your eyes
or slumber to your eyelids. #Ps 132:4
5Escape like a gazelle from a hunter, # Lit hand
like a bird from a fowler’s trap. # Lit hand #Ps 91:3|NoBook| 124:7
6Go to the ant, #Pr 30:24-25 you slacker! #Pr 10:26|NoBook| 13:4|NoBook| 20:4|NoBook| 26:16
Observe its ways and become wise.
7Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
8it prepares its provisions in summer;
it gathers its food during harvest. #Pr 10:5|NoBook| 30:25
9How long will you stay in bed, you slacker?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest, #Pr 26:14Ec 4:5
11and your poverty will come like a robber,
your need, like a bandit. #Pr 20:1324:33-34Ec 4:5
The Malicious Man
12A worthless person, #1Sm 25:25Pr 16:27|NoBook| 19:28 a wicked man
goes around speaking dishonestly, #Pr 4:24
13winking #Ps 35:19Pr 10:10|NoBook| 16:30 his eyes, signaling with his feet,
and gesturing with his fingers.
14He always plots evil #Pr 3:29Mc 2:1 with perversity in his heart —
he stirs up trouble. #Pr 6:1916:27-28|NoBook| 28:25
15Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly;
he will be shattered instantly — beyond recovery. #2Ch 36:16Pr 24:22|NoBook| 29:1Is 30:13-14Jr 19:11
What the Lord Hates
16The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17arrogant eyes, #Ps 18:27Pr 21:4|NoBook| 30:13 a lying tongue, #Ps 31:18|NoBook| 120:2Pr 12:22|NoBook| 17:7
hands that shed innocent blood, #Dt 19:10Pr 1:16Is 1:15|NoBook| 59:7
18a heart that plots wicked schemes, #Gn 6:5
feet eager to run to evil, #Pr 1:16
19a lying witness who gives false testimony, #Ex 20:16Ps 27:12Pr 12:17|NoBook| 14:5
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. #Pr 6:1416:27-28|NoBook| 28:25
Warning against Adultery
20My son, keep your father’s command,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching. #Pr 1:8|NoBook| 31:1
21Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck. #Pr 1:9|NoBook| 3:3|NoBook| 7:3
22When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
23For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light, #Ps 119:105
and corrective discipline is the way to life. #Pr 3:1-2|NoBook| 4:4|NoBook| 7:2|NoBook| 19:16
24They will protect you from an evil woman, # LXX reads from a married woman
from the flattering # Lit smooth tongue of a stranger. #Pr 7:5
25Don’t lust in your heart for her beauty #Mt 5:28
or let her captivate you with her eyelashes. #Sg 4:9
26For a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread, # Or On account of a prostitute, one is left with only a loaf of bread
but an adulteress # Lit but a wife of a man goes after a precious life. #Pr 2:18-197:21-2323:27-28Ezk 13:18
27Can a man embrace fire # Lit man take fire to his bosom
and his clothes not be burned?
28Can a man walk on burning coals
without scorching his feet?
29So it is with the one who sleeps with
another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished. #Pr 16:5
30People don’t despise the thief if he steals
to satisfy himself when he is hungry. #Jr 49:9Ob 5
31Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much; #Ex 22:1-4Ps 79:12
he must give up all the wealth in his house.
32The one who commits adultery # Lit commits adultery with a woman lacks sense;
whoever does so destroys himself. #Pr 7:22-23
33He will get a beating # Or plague and dishonor,
and his disgrace will never be removed.
34For jealousy enrages a husband, #Pr 27:4Sg 8:6
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35He will not be appeased by anything
or be persuaded by lavish gifts.