1My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,2Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.5Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter , and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.12A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.13He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;14Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.15Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.20My son, keep thy father' commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:21Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.22When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:24To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.26For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.27Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?28Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?29So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.30Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;31But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.32But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.33A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.34For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.35He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
20My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (Pr 1:8)21Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. (Job 31:36; Pr 3:3)22When you walk, they 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)23For 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)24to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. (Pr 2:16)25Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; (2Ki 9:30; Mt 5:28)26for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. (1Sa 2:36; Pr 28:21; Pr 29:3; Eze 13:18)27Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? (Job 31:12; Ps 79:12)28Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? (Isa 43:2)29So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished. (Pr 16:5)30People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, (Job 38:39)31but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. (Ex 22:4; Ps 79:12)32He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.33He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.34For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. (Le 20:10; Pr 27:4; So 8:6)35He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.