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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Proverbs 6:1-35


  • Beware of guaranteeing a loan (1-5)

  • “Go to the ant, you lazy one” (6-11)

  • A useless and wicked man (12-15)

  • Seven things Jehovah hates (16-19)

  • Guard against a bad woman (20-35)

6  My son, if you have put up security* for your neighbor,+ If you have given your handshake* to a stranger,+
  If you have been ensnared by your promise, Caught by the words of your mouth,+
  Do this, my son, and free yourself, For you have fallen into the hand of your neighbor: Go and humble yourself and urgently plead with your neighbor.+
  Do not allow your eyes to sleep, Nor your eyelids to slumber.
  Free yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand, Like a bird from the hand of the birdcatcher.
  Go to the ant, you lazy one;+ Observe its ways and become wise.
  Although it has no commander, officer, or ruler,
  It prepares its food in the summer,+ And it gathers its food supplies in the harvest.
  How long, you lazy one, will you lie there? When will you rise up from your sleep?
10  A little sleep, a little slumbering, A little folding of the hands to rest,+
11  And your poverty will come like a bandit, And your want like an armed man.+
12  A useless and wicked man walks about with crooked speech;+
13  He winks with his eye,+ signals with his foot, and motions with his fingers.
14  With a perverted heart, He is always scheming evil+ and spreading contentions.+
15  Therefore, his disaster will come suddenly; In a moment he will be broken beyond healing.+
16  There are six things that Jehovah hates; Yes, seven things that he* detests:
17  Haughty eyes,+ a lying tongue,+ and hands that shed innocent blood,+
18  A heart plotting wicked schemes,+ and feet that run quickly to evil,
19  A false witness who lies with every breath,+ And anyone sowing contentions among brothers.+
20  Observe, my son, the commandment of your father, And do not forsake the instruction* of your mother.+
21  Always bind them around your heart; Tie them about your neck.
22  When you walk about, it will lead you; When you lie down, it will stand guard over you; And when you awaken, it will speak to you.*
23  For the commandment is a lamp,+ And the law is a light,+ And the reproofs of discipline are the way to life.+
24  They will guard you against the bad woman,+ Against the seductive tongue of the immoral* woman.+
25  Do not desire her beauty in your heart+ Or allow her to captivate you with her alluring eyes,
26  For because of a prostitute, a man is reduced to a loaf of bread,+ But the wife of another man preys on a precious life.*
27  Can a man rake fire to his chest and not burn his garments?+
28  Or can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?
29  It is the same with anyone having relations with his neighbor’s wife; No one who touches her will go unpunished.+
30  People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself* when he is hungry.
31  Yet, when found, he will repay sevenfold; He will give up all the valuables of his house.+
32  Anyone committing adultery with a woman is lacking good sense;* The one who does so brings ruin on himself.*+
33  He will get only wounds and dishonor,+ And his disgrace will not be wiped away.+
34  For jealousy makes a husband furious; He will show no compassion when he takes revenge.+
35  He will accept no compensation;* He will not be appeased, no matter how large you make the gift.


Lit., “gone surety.”
That is, in a pledge.
Or “his soul.”
Or “law.”
Or “instruct you.”
Lit., “foreign.” See Pr 2:16.
Or “soul.”
Or “fill his soul.”
Lit., “in want of heart.”
Or “his soul.”
Or “ransom.”