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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 6:1-35

6  My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman,+ [if] you have given your handshake even to the stranger,+  [if] you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth,+ [if] you have been caught by the sayings of your mouth,  take this action then, my son, and deliver yourself, for you have come into the palm of your fellowman:+ Go humble yourself* and storm your fellowman with importunities.+  Do not give any sleep to your eyes, nor any slumber to your beaming eyes.+  Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand and like a bird from the hand of the birdcatcher.+  Go to the ant,+ you lazy one;+ see its ways and become wise.  Although it has no commander, officer or ruler,  it prepares its food even in the summer;+ it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest.  How long, you lazy one, will you keep lying down?+ When will you rise up from your sleep?+ 10  A little more sleep, a little more slumbering, a little more folding of the hands in lying down,+ 11  and your poverty will certainly come just like some rover,+ and your want like an armed man.*+ 12  A good-for-nothing man,*+ a man of hurtfulness,* is walking with crookedness of speech,*+ 13  winking with his eye,+ making signs with his foot, making indications with his fingers.+ 14  Perverseness is in his heart.+ He is fabricating something bad all the time.+ He keeps sending out merely contentions.+ 15  That is why suddenly there will come his disaster;+ in an instant he will be broken, and there will be no healing.+ 16  There are six things that Jehovah does hate;+ yes, seven are things detestable to his soul:+ 17  lofty eyes,+ a false tongue,+ and hands that are shedding innocent blood,+ 18  a heart fabricating hurtful schemes,+ feet that are in a hurry to run to badness,+ 19  a false witness that launches forth lies,+ and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers.+ 20  Observe, O my son, the commandment of your father,+ and do not forsake the law of your mother.+ 21  Tie them* upon your heart constantly;+ bind them upon your throat.+ 22  When you walk about, it* will lead you;+ when you lie down, it will stand guard over you;+ and when you have waked up, it itself will make you its concern. 23  For the commandment is a lamp,+ and a light the law is,+ and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,+ 24  to guard you against the bad woman,*+ against the smoothness of the tongue of the foreign woman.+ 25  Do not desire her prettiness in your heart,+ and may she not take you with her lustrous eyes,+ 26  because in behalf of a woman prostitute [one comes down] to a round loaf of bread;+ but as regards another man’s wife, she hunts even for a precious soul.+ 27  Can a man rake together fire into his bosom and yet his very garments not be burned?+ 28  Or can a man walk upon the coals and his feet themselves not be scorched? 29  Likewise with anyone having relations with the wife of his fellowman,+ no one touching her will remain unpunishable.+ 30  People do not despise a thief just because he commits thievery to fill his soul when he is hungry. 31  But, when found, he will make it good with seven times as much; all the valuables of his house he will give.+ 32  Anyone committing adultery with a woman is in want of heart;*+ he that does it is bringing his own soul to ruin.*+ 33  A plague* and dishonor he will find,+ and his reproach itself will not be wiped out.+ 34  For the rage of an able-bodied man is jealousy,+ and he will not show compassion in the day of vengeance.+ 35  He will have no consideration for any sort of ransom, neither will he show willingness, no matter how large you make the present.

Footnotes

Lit., “stamp yourself down.”
Or, “like an insolent man.” Lit., “like a man of a shield.” Heb., keʼish′ ma·ghen′.
Lit., “A man of belial.” Heb., ʼa·dham′ beli·ya′ʽal.
“A man of hurtfulness.” Heb., ʼish ʼa′wen.
Lit., “mouth.”
“Them,” masc., therefore not referring to “commandment” and “law” (in vs 20), both fem., but may be referring to the father’s “sayings” (as in 4:10, 20), masc. pl.
Or, “she,” fem.
“Bad woman,” MTSyVg; LXX, “married woman.”
Or, “is lacking good motive.” Heb., chasar-lev′.
Or, “destruction.”
Or, “stroke.”