Old Testament

Proverbs 6
Eighth Address to a Son:
Wisdom Avoids Entanglements
61My son, if you have guaranteed your neighbor's debts,
if you have shaken hands for a stranger,
2you are trapped by the promises from your mouth;
you are captured by the promises from your mouth.
3Because you have fallen into your neighbor's hands,
go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor.
4Do not allow your eyes to sleep,
or your eyelids to slumber.
5Save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of a hunter,
or like a bird from the hand of a trapper.
Wisdom Warns Against Laziness
6Go to the ant, you slacker![]
Observe its ways and become wise.
7Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler,
8it stores its food in summer.
It gathers its provisions at harvest time.
9How long will you lie there, you slacker?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of your hands to rest,
11and poverty will come on you like a prowler,
and scarcity will come on you like a warrior.
Dishonesty Leads to Disaster
12A worthless, wicked scoundrel,
who goes around with a corrupt mouth,
13who winks with his eye, signals with his foot,
and gestures with his fingers,
14who plots evil with a deceitful heart—
he always spreads conflict.
15Therefore his disaster will come upon him suddenly.
All at once he will be broken, and there will be no remedy.
Things That Are Disgusting to the Lord
16These are six things the Lord hates,
seven things that really disgust him:
17arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that run quickly to do evil,
19a false witness who breathes lies,
and a person who spreads conflict between brothers.
Ninth Address to a Son:
Avoid Sexual Immorality
20My son, keep your father's commands,
and do not forsake your mother's teachings.
21Fasten them permanently to your heart,
and tie them around your neck.
22When you walk around, they will lead you.
When you lie down, they will stand guard over you.
When you wake up, they will converse with you,
23because a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,
and the warnings given by discipline are a road to life.
24They guard you from an evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of a woman who is not your wife.
25Do not desire her beauty in your heart.
Do not let her captivate you with her eyes.
26A prostitute costs you a loaf of bread,
but a married woman stalks your precious life.
27Can a man place fire on his lap without burning his clothes?
28Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?
29So it is with the man who goes to his neighbor's wife.
No one who touches her will be forgiven.
30No one despises a thief when he steals
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving,
31but when he is caught, he will have to repay seven times as much.
He will have to give up all the wealth of his house.
32Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks sense.
He who does it destroys himself.
33He will find disease and dishonor,
and his disgrace will never be wiped out,
34because jealousy ignites a husband's anger,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35He will not accept any amount as a payment.
He will not relent, even if you increase your offer.


  • 6:6 Or you loafer or you lazybones