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Chapter 6

6:1 My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger--

6:2 Thou art snared by the words of thy mouth, thou art caught by the words of thy mouth--

6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbour; go, humble thyself, and urge thy neighbour.

6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

6:5 Deliver thyself as a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

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

6:7 Which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,

6:8 Provideth her bread in the summer, and gatherest her food in the harvest.

6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

6:10 'Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep'--

6:11 So shall thy poverty come as a runner, and thy want as an armed man.

6:12 A base person, a man of iniquity, is he that walketh with a froward mouth;

6:13 That winketh with his eyes, that scrapeth with his feet, that pointeth with his fingers;

6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil continually; he soweth discord.

6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; on a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy.

6:16 There are six things which the Lord hateth, yea, seven which are an abomination unto Him:

6:17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;

6:18 A heart that deviseth wicked thoughts, feet that are swift in running to evil;

6:19 A false witness that breatheth out lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

6:20 My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

6:21 Bind them continually upon thy heart, tie them about thy neck.

6:22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee, when thou liest down, it shall watch over thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life;

6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the smoothness of the alien tongue.

6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither let her captivate thee with her eyelids.

6:26 For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a loaf of bread, but the adulteress hunteth for the precious life.

6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

6:28 Or can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not go unpunished.

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 must restore sevenfold, he must give all the substance of his house.

6:32 He that committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding; he doeth it that would destroy his own soul.

6:33 Wounds and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

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