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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 6

6:1 My son, if you be guarantor for your friend, if you have stricken your hand with a stranger,
6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, when you are come into the hand of your friend; go, humble yourself, and make sure your friend.
6:4 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
6:5 Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 Provides her food in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep?
6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
6:11 So shall your poverty come as one that travels, and your lack as an armed man.
6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth.
6:13 He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;
6:14 Perverseness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
6:16 These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
6:18 An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
6:19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:
6:21 Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.
6:22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you awake, it shall talk with you.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
6:29 So he that goes in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever touches her shall not be innocent.
6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
6:32 But whoso commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.
6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.

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