1My son, if thou hast become surety for another, If thou hast stricken hands for another,
2If thou hast become ensnared by the words of thy mouth, If thou hast been caught by the words of thy mouth,
3Do this now, my son, and rescue thyself,—Since thou hast fallen into the hands of thy neighbor,—Go, prostrate thyself, and be urgent with thy neighbor!
4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids;
5Rescue thyself, as a roe from the hand, And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the ant, O sluggard! Consider her ways, and be wise!
7She hath no governor, Nor overseer, nor ruler;
8Yet she prepareth in the summer her food, She gathereth in the harvest her meat.
9How long wilt thou lie in bed, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise from thy sleep?
10“A little sleep,—a little slumber,—A little folding of the hands to rest:”
11So shall thy poverty come upon thee like a robber, Yea, thy want, as an armed man!
12A worthless wretch is the unrighteous man, Who walketh with a deceitful mouth;
13Who winketh with his eyes, Speaketh with his feet, And teacheth with his fingers.
14Fraud is in his heart; He deviseth mischief continually; He scattereth contentions.
15Therefore shall calamity come upon him suddenly; In a moment shall he be destroyed, and that without remedy;
16These six things doth the LORD hate; Yea, seven are an abomination to him:
17Lofty eyes, a false tongue, And hands which shed innocent blood;
18A heart that contriveth wicked devices; Feet that are swift in running to mischief,
19A false witness, that uttereth lies, And him that soweth discord among brethren.
20Keep, O my son! the commandment of thy father, And forsake not the precepts of thy mother!
21Bind them continually to thy heart, Tie them around thy neck!
22When thou goest forth, they shall guide thee; When thou sleepest, they shall watch over thee; And, when thou awakest, they shall talk with thee.
23For the commandment is a lamp, and instruction a light; Yea, the rebukes of correction lead to life.
24They shall guard thee from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the unchaste woman.
25Desire not her beauty in thy heart, Nor let her catch thee with her eyelids;
26For by a harlot a man is brought to a morsel of bread, And the adulteress layeth snares for the precious life.
27Can a man take fire into his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
28Can one walk upon burning coals, And his feet not be scorched?
29So is it with him who goeth in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever toucheth her shall not go unpunished.
30Men do not overlook a thief, Though he steal to satisfy his appetite, when he is hungry;
31If found, he must repay sevenfold, And give up all the substance of his house.
32Whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding; He that doeth it destroyeth himself;
33Blows and dishonor shall he get, And his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34For jealousy is the fury of a man; He will not spare in the day of vengeance;
35And he will not pay regard to any ransom, Nor be content, though thou offer many gifts.