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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,+ 2   If you have been ensnared by your promise,
Caught by the words of your mouth,+
3   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.+
4   Do not allow your eyes to sleep,
Nor your eyelids to slumber.
5   Free yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand,
Like a bird from the hand of the birdcatcher.
6   Go to the ant, you lazy one;+ Observe its ways and become wise. 7   Although it has no commander, officer, or ruler,
8   It prepares its food in the summer,+ And it gathers its food supplies in the harvest. 9   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.”