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Proverbs Chapter 6 - New American Standard Bible

1. MY son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have [1] given a pledge for a stranger,

2. If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

3. Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the [2] hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.

4. Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;

5. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6. Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

7. Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,

8. Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

9. How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

10. « A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to [3] rest» --

11. Your poverty will come in like a [5] vagabond And your need like [4] an armed man.

12. A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

13. Who winks with his eyes, who [7] signals with his feet, Who [6] points with his fingers;

14. Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who [8] spreads strife.

15. Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.

16. There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination [9] to Him:

17. Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

18. A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,

19. A false witness who utters lies, And one who [10] spreads strife among brothers.

20. My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the [11] teaching of your mother;

21. Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.

22. When you walk about, [14] they will guide you; When you sleep, [13] they will watch over you; And when you awake, [12] they will talk to you.

23. For the commandment is a lamp and the [15] teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

24. To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the [16] adulteress.

25. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.

26. For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And [17] an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

27. Can a man [18] take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

28. Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

29. So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not [19] go unpunished.

30. [21] Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy [20] himself when he is hungry;

31. But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the [22] substance of his house.

32. The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking [24] sense; He who would destroy [23] himself does it.

33. Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.

34. For jealousy [25] enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35. He will not [28] accept any ransom, Nor will he be [27] satisfied though you give many [26] gifts.

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Footnotes
  • 1: Lit clapped your palms
  • 2: Lit palm
  • 3: Lit lie down
  • 4: Lit one who walks
  • 5: Lit a man with a shield
  • 6: Lit scrapes
  • 7: Lit instructs with
  • 8: Lit sends out
  • 9: Lit of His soul
  • 10: Lit sends out
  • 11: Or law
  • 12: Lit she
  • 13: Or law
  • 14: Lit foreign woman
  • 15: Lit a man's wife
  • 16: Lit snatch up
  • 17: Lit be innocent
  • 18: Lit They do not; or Do not men...?
  • 19: Lit his soul
  • 20: Or wealth
  • 21: Lit heart
  • 22: Lit his soul
  • 23: Lit is the rage of
  • 24: Lit lift up the face of any
  • 25: Lit willing
  • 26: Or bribes
  • 27: Or law
  • 28: Lit pupil

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