6:1 My son, if thou hast become surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand for a stranger,
6:2 thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, since thou hast come into the hand of thy friend: go, humble thyself, and be urgent with thy friend.
6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids:
6:5 deliver thyself as a gazelle from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise:
6:7 which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 provideth her bread in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long, sluggard, wilt thou lie down? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest!
6:11 So shall thy poverty come as a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.
6:12 A man of Belial, a wicked person, is he that goeth about with a perverse mouth;
6:13 he winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
6:14 deceits are in his heart; he deviseth mischief at all times, he soweth discords.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly: in a moment shall he be broken, and without remedy.
6:16 These six [things] doth Jehovah hate, yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;
6:18 a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations; feet that are swift in running to mischief;
6:19 a false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discords among brethren.
6:20 My son, observe thy father's commandment, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;
6:21 bind them continually upon thy heart, tie them about thy neck:
6:22 when thou walkest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching a light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
6:24 to keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart, neither let her take thee with her eyelids;
6:26 for by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a loaf of bread, and another's wife doth hunt for the precious soul.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his garments not be burned?
6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?
6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife: whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
6:30 They do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry:
6:31 and if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
6:32 Whoso committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
6:33 A wound and contempt shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance;
6:35 he will not regard any ransom, neither will he rest content though thou multipliest [thy] gifts.