Against Pledges
1My child, if you have pledged to your neighbor,
if you have bound yourself#Literally “palms of your hands” to the stranger,
2if you are snared by the sayings of your mouth,
if you are caught by the sayings of your mouth,
3do this, then, my child, and save yourself,
for you have come into the palm of your neighbor’s hand:#Literally “the palm of the hand of your neighbor”
Go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbor.
4Do not give sleep to your eyes,
or slumber to your eyelids.
5Save yourself like a gazelle from a hand,
or like a bird from the hand of a fowler.
Against Sloth
6Go to the ant, lazy!
Consider its ways and be wise.
7It has no chief,
officer, or ruler.
8In the summer, it prepares its food;
in the harvest, it gathers its sustenance.
9How long will you lie down, lazy?
When will you rise up from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands for rest—
11like a robber#Literally “one who walks,” that is, a vagabond shall your poverty come,
and what you lack like an armed man.
Against Worthlessness
12A worthless man, an evil man,
goes around with deceitful speech.#Literally “crookedness of mouth”
13Winking in his eye, shuffling in his foot,
pointing in his fingers,
14perversion in his heart, he devises evil;
at all times he will send out discord.#Or “quarrels”
15Upon such a man,#Literally “thus” suddenly shall his calamity come;
in a moment he will be damaged and there is no healing.#Or “repair”
What Yahweh Hates
16There are six things Yahweh hates,
and seven things are abominations of his soul:#Or “inner self”
17haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18a devising heart, plans of deception,
feet that hurry to run to evil,#Hebrew “the evil”
19a false witness who breathes lies
and sends out discord#Or “quarrels” between brothers.
Commandment and Instruction as Guardians
20My child, keep the commandment of your father,
and do not disregard the instruction of your mother.
21Bind them on your heart continually;
tie them upon your neck.
22When you walk,#Literally “In your walking” she#That is, “commandment” and “instruction” will lead you,
When you lie down,#Literally “In your lying down” she will watch over you,
and when you awake, she will converse with you.
23For like a lamp is a commandment, and instruction is light,
and the way of life#Hebrew “lives” is the reproof of discipline,
24in order to preserve you from an evil woman,#Or “wife”
from the smoothness of the tongue of an adulteress.#Literally “a foreign woman”
25Do not desire her beauty in your heart;
may she not capture you with her eyelashes.
26For the price of a woman, a prostitute,#Or “whore” is the price of a loaf of bread,
but the woman belonging to a man#Literally “the woman of a man” hunts precious life.
Warning Against Relations with a Married Woman
27Can a man carry fire in his lap,
and his clothes not burn?
28If a man walks upon the hot coals,
will his feet not be burned?
29Thus, he who goes to the wife of his neighbor,
any who touches her shall not go unpunished.
30People do not despise a thief when he steals
to fill himself#Or “soul,” or “inner self” when he is hungry.
31But if he is found, he will pay sevenfold,
every possession of his house he shall give.
32He who commits adultery with a woman lacks sense,#Literally “heart”
he destroys himself#Or “his soul,” or “his life” who does it.
33A wound and dishonor he will find,
and his disgrace will not be wiped out.
34For jealousy is the fury of a husband,
and he will not show restraint on the day of revenge.
35He will not accept any compensation,#Literally “the face of any compensation”
and he will not be willing, though the bribe is large.
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