1 My son, if you have become surety R216 for your neighbor,
Have given F44 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 hand F45 of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4 Give no sleep R217 to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand
And like a bird R218 from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, R219 O sluggard, R220
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no R221 chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in R222 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 R223 little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest"-- F46
11 Your R224 poverty will come in like a vagabond F47
And your need like an F48 armed man.
12 A worthless R225 person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse R226 mouth,
13 Who winks R227 with his eyes, who signals F49 with his feet,
Who points F50 with his fingers;
14 Who with perversity R228 in his heart continually devises R229 evil,
Who spreads R230 F51 strife.
15 Therefore his R231 calamity will come suddenly;
Instantly R232 he will be broken and there will be no R233 healing.
16 There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to F52 Him:
17 Haughty R234 eyes, a lying R235 tongue,
And hands that shed R236 innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked R237 plans,
Feet R238 that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false R239 witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads R240 F53 strife among brothers.
20 My R241 son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the teaching F54 of your mother;
21 Bind R242 them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk R243 about, they F55 will guide you;
When you sleep, they F55 will watch over you;
And when you awake, they F55 will talk to you.
23 For the R244 commandment is a lamp and the teaching F56 is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24 To keep R245 you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the adulteress. F57
25 Do R246 not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. R247
26 For on R248 account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
And an F58 adulteress hunts R249 for the precious life.
27 Can a man take F59 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 R250 in to his neighbor's wife;
Whoever touches her will R251 not go F60 unpunished.
30 Men F61 do not despise a thief if he steals
To satisfy R252 himself F62 when he is hungry;
31 But when he is found, he must repay R253 sevenfold;
He must give all the substance F63 of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking R254 sense; F64
He who would destroy R255 himself F65 does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34 For jealousy R256 enrages F66 a man,
And he will not spare in the day R257 of vengeance.
35 He will not accept F67 any ransom,
Nor will he be satisfied F68 though you give many gifts. F69
F44: Lit clapped your palms
F45: Lit palm
F46: Lit lie down
F47: Lit one who walks
F48: Lit a man with a shield
F49: Lit scrapes
F50: Lit instructs with
F51: Lit sends out
F52: Lit of His soul
F53: Lit sends out
F54: Or law
F55: Lit she
F55: Lit she
F55: Lit she
F56: Or law
F57: Lit foreign woman
F58: Lit a man's wife
F59: Lit snatch up
F60: Lit be innocent
F61: Lit They do not; or Do not men...?
F62: Lit his soul
F63: Or wealth
F64: Lit heart
F65: Lit his soul
F66: Lit is the rage of
F67: Lit lift up the face of any
F68: Lit willing
F69: Or bribes
R216: Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13
R217: Psalms 132:4
R218: Psalms 91:3; 124:7
R219: Proverbs 30:24,25
R220: Proverbs 6:9; 10:26; 13:4; 20:4; 26:16
R221: Proverbs 30:27
R222: Proverbs 10:5
R223: Proverbs 24:33
R224: Proverbs 24:34
R225: Proverbs 16:27
R226: Proverbs 4:24; 10:32
R227: Job 1:15:12; Psalms 35:19; Proverbs 10:10
R228: Proverbs 17:20
R229: Proverbs 3:29; Micah 2:1
R230: Proverbs 6:19; 16:28
R231: Proverbs 24:22
R232: Isaiah 30:13,14; Jeremiah 19:11
R233: 2 Chronicles 36:16
R234: Psalms 18:27; 101:5; Proverbs 21:4; 30:13
R235: Psalms 31:18; 120:2; Proverbs 12:22; 17:7
R236: Deuteronomy 19:10; Proverbs 28:17; Isaiah 1:15; 59:7
R237: Genesis 6:5; Proverbs 24:2
R238: Proverbs 1:16; Isaiah 59:7; Romans 3:15
R239: Psalms 27:12; Proverbs 12:17; 19:5,9; 21:28
R240: Proverbs 6:14
R241: Ephesians 6:1
R242: Proverbs 3:3
R243: Proverbs 3:23
R244: Psalms 19:8; 119:105
R245: Proverbs 5:3; 7:5,21
R246: Matthew 5:28
R247: 2 Kings 9:30; Jeremiah 4:30; Ezekiel 23:40
R248: Proverbs 5:9,10; 29:3
R249: Proverbs 7:23; Ezekiel 13:18
R250: Ezekiel 18:6; 33:26
R251: Proverbs 16:5
R252: Job 1:38:39
R253: Exodus 22:1-4
R254: Proverbs 7:7; 9:4,16; 10:13,21; 11:12; 12:11
R255: Proverbs 7:22,23
R256: Proverbs 27:4; Song of Solomon 8:6
R257: Proverbs 11:4