if you have shaken hands in pledgej for a stranger,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—a
and give your neighbor no rest!
no slumber to your eyelids.k
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.n
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;o
consider its ways and be wise!
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summerp
and gathers its food at harvest.q
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?r
When will you get up from your sleep?
a little folding of the hands to rests—
11 and povertyt will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,u
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,v
14 who plots evilw with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.x
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;y
16 There are six things the Lord hates,b
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,c
a lying tongue,d
hands that shed innocent blood,e
feet that are quick to rush into evil,f
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.i
20 My son,j keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.k
fasten them around your neck.l
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
this teaching is a light,m
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,n
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.o
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.p
without his clothes being burned?
without his feet being scorched?
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,s
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
whoever does so destroys himself.
and his shame will neverv be wiped away.
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.y
7 My son,z keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;a
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
write them on the tablet of your heart.b
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.c
I looked down through the lattice.
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.d
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight,e as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unrulyf and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
at every corner she lurks.)g
13 She took hold of himh and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:i
and I have food from my fellowship offeringj at home.
I looked for you and have found you!
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bedk
with myrrh,l aloes and cinnamon.
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!m
he has gone on a long journey.
and will not be home till full moon.”
she seduced him with her smooth talk.n
like an ox going to the slaughter,
23 till an arrow piercesp his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.q
24 Now then, my sons, listenr to me;
pay attention to what I say.
or stray into her paths.s
her slain are a mighty throng.
leading down to the chambers of death.t
Or Go and humble yourself,
Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
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