6 My son, if thou abe surety for thy friend,
If thou hast astricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth,
Thou art btaken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself,
When thou art come into the hand of thy friend;
Go, chumble thyself, ||and make sure thy friend.
4 dGive not sleep to thine eyes,
dNor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a eroe from the hand of the hunter,
And fas a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 gGo to the hant, thou isluggard;
Consider her ways, and kbe wise:
7 lWhich having no mguide, noverseer, or ruler,
8 hProvideth her meat in the summer,
And ogathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O isluggard?
When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 pYet a little dsleep, a little dslumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 qSo shall rthy poverty come as one that travelleth,
And thy want as an armed man.
12 rrA naughty person, a wicked man,
Walketh with a sfroward mouth.
13 He twinketh with his eyes,
He speaketh with his feet,
He teacheth with his fingers;
14 uFrowardness is in his heart,
xHe deviseth mischief continually;
He †soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;
ySuddenly shall he be broken zwithout remedy.
16 These asix things doth the Lord hate:
Yea, aseven are an abomination †unto him:
17 †A proud look, ba lying tongue,
And cehands that shed innocent blood,
18 dAn heart that deviseth ewicked imaginations,
efFeet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness gthat speaketh lies,
And he that hsoweth discord among brethren.
20 iMy son, keep thy father’s commandment,
And iforsake not the law of thy mother:
21 kBind them continually upon thine heart,
And ltie them about thy mneck.
22 nWhen thou goest, it shall lead thee;
nWhen thou sleepest, it oshall keep thee;
And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is pa ||lamp; and the law is plight;
And ppreproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman,
From qthe flattery ||of the tongue of a rstrange woman.
25 sLust not after her beauty in thine heart;
Neither let her take thee with ther eyelids.
26 For uby means of a whorish woman a man is brought to xa piece of bread:
And †the adulteress will yhunt for zthe precious life.
27 Can a man atake bfire in chis bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one dgo upon hot coals,
And his feet not be dburned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife;
Whosoever toucheth her shall not be ddinnocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal
eTo satisfy his eesoul when he is hungry;
31 But if he fbe found, fhe shall restore gsevenfold;
He shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman hlacketh †understanding:
He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get;
And his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For ijealousy is the rage of a man:
Therefore he will not spare kin the day of vengeance.
35 †He will not regard any ransom;
Neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
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