1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands with a stranger,
2 then you have been ensnared by the words of your mouth,
you have been captured by the words of your mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and be set free,
for you have put yourself into the hand of your neighbor.
Go forth. Humble yourself and pressure your neighbor.
4 Do not give any sleep to your eyes,
or slumber to your eyelids.
5 Be rescued like a gazelle from a hunter,
and like a bird from the hand of a fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O lazy one,
watch its ways and become wise.
7 Because it has no leader,
overseer, or ruler,
8 yet it prepares its bread in summer;
it gathers its food in the harvest.
9 How long, O lazy one, will you lie there?
When will you rise up from your sleep?
10 “Just a little more sleep, a little more slumber,
a little more folding of the arms to lie here,”
11 and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your needs like an armed man.
12 A person of Belial, a man of wickedness,
is the one walking with a crooked mouth,
13 winking with his eyes, signaling with his foot,
instructing with his fingers.
14 With perversions in his heart he devises evil,
at every moment he sows strife.
15 Therefore, his calamity will come suddenly,
in an instant he will be broken and there will be no remedy.
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates,
indeed, seven things are abominations to his soul:
17 prideful eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands shedding innocent blood;
18 a heart that devises wicked thoughts,
feet that are swift to run to do evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows strife among brothers.
20 My son, keep your father’s commandments,
and do not ignore the instruction of your mother.
21 Bind them upon your heart always,
tie them around your neck.
22 As you walk here and there, she will lead you;
when you lie down, she will watch over you,
and when you wake up, she will speak with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the instruction is a light,
and reproofs that correct are a road leading to life,
24 to keep you from the evil woman,
from the flattering tongue of the foreign woman.
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not allow her to capture you with her eyes.
26 For on account of a prostitute a man is reduced to a piece of bread,
and an adulteress hunts for a precious soul.
27 Can a man snatch up fire against his chest
and his clothes not be burnt?
28 Or can a man walk upon hot coals
and his feet not get burned?
29 So is the one who goes into his neighbor’s wife;
all who touch her will not go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief when he steals
to feed himself when he is hungry.
31 But when he is caught, he will repay seven times;
he will repay with all the wealth of his house.
32 The man committing adultery with a woman lacks sense;
he who does this is destroying his own soul.
33 He will find affliction and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be blotted out.
34 For jealousy enrages a husband,
and he will not spare him in the day of his vengeance.
35 He will not be persuaded by any ransom,
nor will he be satisfied when you make many bribes.