1 My child,* if you have put up security for a friend’s debt
or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—
and are caught by what you said—
for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy.
Now swallow your pride;
go and beg to have your name erased.
Don’t rest until you do.
like a bird fleeing from a net.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
or governor or ruler to make them work,
gathering food for the winter.
When will you wake up?
a little folding of the hands to rest—
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
They are constant liars,
a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
and they constantly stir up trouble.
broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
no, seven things he detests:
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
feet that race to do wrong,
a person who sows discord in a family.
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
Tie them around your neck.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
When you wake up, they will advise you.
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life.
from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,*
but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
and not have his clothes catch on fire?
and not blister his feet?
He who embraces her will not go unpunished.
who steals because he is starving.
even if he has to sell everything in his house.
for he destroys himself.
His shame will never be erased.
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.
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