|My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, |
have given your pledge for a stranger;
|More warnings. Pr.6.1-19|
|if you are snared in the utterance of your lips, |
caught in the words of your mouth;
|then do this, my son, and save yourself, |
for you have come into your neighbor's power:
go, hasten, and importune your neighbor.
|Give your eyes no sleep |
and your eyelids no slumber;
|save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,|
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
|Go to the ant, O sluggard; |
consider her ways, and be wise.
|Without having any chief, officer or ruler,|
|she prepares her food in summer, |
and gathers her sustenance in harvest.
|How long will you lie there, O sluggard? |
When will you arise from your sleep?
|A little sleep, a little slumber, |
a little folding of the hands to rest,
|and poverty will come upon you like a vagabond, |
and want like an armed man.
|A worthless person, a wicked man, |
goes about with crooked speech,
|winks with his eyes, |
scrapes with his feet,
points with his finger,
|with perverted heart devises evil, |
continually sowing discord;
|therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; |
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
|There are six things which the LORD hates, |
seven which are an abomination to him:
|haughty eyes, a lying tongue, |
and hands that shed innocent blood,
|a heart that devises wicked plans, |
feet that make haste to run to evil,
|a false witness who breathes out lies, |
and a man who sows discord among brothers.
|My son, keep your father's commandment, |
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
|Warning against adultery. Pr.6.20-7.5|
|Bind them upon your heart always; |
tie them about your neck.
|When you walk, they will lead you; |
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
|For the commandment is a lamp |
and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline
are the way of life,
|to preserve you from the evil woman, |
from the smooth tongue of the adventuress.
|Do not desire her beauty in your heart, |
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
|for a harlot may be hired for a loaf of bread, |
but an adulteress stalks a man's very life.
|Can a man carry fire in his bosom |
and his clothes not be burned?
|Or can one walk upon hot coals |
and his feet not be scorched?
|So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; |
none who touches her will go unpunished.
|Do not men despise a thief if he steals |
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry?
|And if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; |
he will give all the goods of his house.
|He who commits adultery has no sense; |
he who does it destroys himself.
|Wounds and dishonor will he get, |
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
|For jealousy makes a man furious, |
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
|He will accept no compensation,|
nor be appeased though you multiply gifts.
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