1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, ¶ if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: ¶ Go —to the point of exhaustion — [^1] and give your neighbor no rest!
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; ¶ consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? ¶ When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest —
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
12 A troublemaker and a villain, ¶ who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye, ¶ signals with his feet ¶ and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart — ¶ he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed —without remedy.
16 There are six things the LORD hates, ¶ seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes, ¶ a lying tongue, ¶ hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, ¶ feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies ¶ and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
20 My son, keep your father's command ¶ and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; ¶ when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, ¶ and correction and instruction ¶ are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty ¶ or let her captivate you with her eyes.
26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, ¶ but another man's wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals ¶ to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.
34 For jealousy arouses a husband's fury, ¶ and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.