1 My sonne, if thou be surety for thy neighbour, and hast striken hands with the stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Doe this nowe, my sonne, and deliuer thy selfe: seeing thou art come into the hande of thy neighbour, goe, and humble thy selfe, and sollicite thy friends.
4 Giue no sleepe to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliuer thy selfe as a doe from the hande of the hunter, and as a birde from the hande of the fouler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 For shee hauing no guide, gouernour, nor ruler,
8 Prepareth her meat in the sommer, & gathereth her foode in haruest.
9 Howe long wilt thou sleepe, O sluggarde? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleepe?
10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Lewde things are in his heart: he imagineth euill at all times, and raiseth vp contentions.
15 Therefore shall his destruction come speedily: hee shall be destroyed suddenly without recouerie.
16 These sixe things doeth the Lorde hate: yea, his soule abhorreth seuen:
17 The hautie eyes, a lying tongue, and the hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witnesse that speaketh lyes, and him that rayseth vp contentions among brethren.
20 My sonne, keepe thy fathers commandement, and forsake not thy mothers instruction.
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck.
22 It shall leade thee, when thou walkest: it shall watch for thee, when thou sleepest, and when thou wakest, it shall talke with thee.
23 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
24 To keepe thee from the wicked woman, & from ye flatterie of ye tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For because of the whorish woman a man is brought to a morsell of bread, and a woman wil hunt for the precious life of a man.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man go vpon coales, and his feete not be burnt?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbours wife, shall not be innocent, whosoeuer toucheth her.
30 [Men] do not despise a thief, if he stealeth to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be founde, he shall restore seuen folde, or he shall giue all the substance of his house.
32 But he that committeth adulterie with a woman, he is destitute of vnderstanding: he that doeth it, destroyeth his owne soule.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He cannot beare the sight of any raunsome: neither will he consent, though thou augment the giftes.