Proverbs 6
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1My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you have struck your hands in a pledge with a stranger,

2You are snared with the words of your mouth, and you are caught with the words of your mouth--

3Then my son, do this now, and deliver yourself when you have come into the hand of your friend: go, humble yourself and make your friend sure.

4Do not give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.

5Deliver yourself as a gazelle from the hunter's hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise,

7Who having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

8Provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.

9How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?

10Yet, a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest;

11So shall your poverty come as one who travels, and your want like an armed man.

12A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth,

13Winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, pointing with his fingers;

14Perversity is in his heart; he is always planning mischief; he causes discord.

15Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; instantly he shall be broken without remedy.

16These six things the LORD hates; yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:

17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18A heart that plots wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to evil,

19A false witness who speaks lies, and he who sows discord among brethren.

20My son, keep your father's commandments, and do not forsake the instruction of your mother;

21Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.

22When you go, they shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you awake, they shall talk with you.

23For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life

24To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

25Do not lust after her beauty in your heart; nor let her seduce you with her eyelids

26For by means of a harlot a man is vanquished to a piece of bread; and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

27Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

28Can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

29So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

30They do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

31Yet if he is found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the goods of his house.

32But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does it destroys his own soul.

33He shall get a wound and dishonor; and his shame shall not be wiped away;

34For jealousy is the rage of a man; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35He will not accept any recompense, nor will he be willing even if you multiply the gifts for him.

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