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Proverbs 6

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1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, (Job 17:3) 2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, (Pr 5:22) 3 then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten,[1] and plead urgently with your neighbor. (Lu 11:8; Lu 18:5) 4 Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; (Ps 132:4; Pr 20:13) 5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,[2] like a bird from the hand of the fowler. (Ps 91:3) 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. (Job 12:7; Pr 10:26; Pr 23:19; Pr 27:11; Pr 30:25) 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, (Ex 5:6; Ex 5:15; Pr 30:27) 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. (Pr 10:5) 9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? (Pr 6:6; Jon 1:6) 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, (Pr 24:33; Ec 4:5) 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Pr 24:34) 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, (Pr 4:24; Pr 16:27) 13 winks with his eyes, signals[3] with his feet, points with his finger, (Ps 35:19; Pr 10:10) 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; (Pr 2:12; Pr 3:29; Pr 16:28; Mic 2:1) 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. (2Ch 36:16; Pr 29:1; Isa 30:13; Jer 19:11) 16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: (Job 5:19) 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (De 19:10; Ps 31:18; Ps 101:5; Ps 120:2; Pr 8:13; Pr 12:22; Pr 16:5; Pr 17:7; Pr 21:4; Isa 1:15; Isa 59:3; Isa 59:7) 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, (Ge 6:5; Pr 1:16) 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (Ps 27:12; Pr 6:14; Pr 12:17; Pr 14:5; Pr 14:25; Pr 19:5; Pr 19:9) 20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (Pr 1:8) 21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. (Job 31:36; Pr 3:3) 22 When you walk, they[4] will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. (Pr 2:11; Pr 3:23) 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, (Ps 13:3; Ps 119:105; Pr 10:17) 24 to preserve you from the evil woman,[5] from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.[6] (Pr 2:16) 25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; (2Ki 9:30; Mt 5:28) 26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,[7] but a married woman[8] hunts down a precious life. (1Sa 2:36; Pr 28:21; Pr 29:3; Eze 13:18) 27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? (Job 31:12; Ps 79:12) 28 Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? (Isa 43:2) 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished. (Pr 16:5) 30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, (Job 38:39) 31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. (Ex 22:4; Ps 79:12) 32 He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. 33 He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. (Le 20:10; Pr 27:4; So 8:6) 35 He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.