NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
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.