Proverbs 6

MLV(i) 1 My son, if you have become a surety for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands for a stranger, 2 you are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
3 Do this now, my son and deliver yourself, because you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself and behave-proudly to neighbor. 4 Do not give sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. 5 Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways and be wise. 7 Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler, 8 provides her bread in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, 11 so your poverty will come as a robber and your want as an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a man of wickedness, is he who walks with a perverse mouth, 13 who winks with his eyes, who speaks with his feet, who makes signs with his fingers, 14 in whose heart is perverseness, who devises evil continually, who sows discord. 15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly. Suddenly he will be broken and that without remedy.
16 There are six things which Jehovah hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked purposes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, 19 a false witness who breathes-out lies and he who sows discord among brothers.
20 My son, keep the commandment of your father and do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart. Tie them about your neck. 22 When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. And when you awake, it will talk with you.
23 Because the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24 to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the stranger's tongue.
25 Do not desire after her beauty in your heart, nor let her take you with her eyelids. 26 A man comes to the last piece of bread because of the price of a prostitute, but the adulteress hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can a man walk upon hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife. Whoever touches her will not be unpunished. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself because he is hungry. 31 Yet if he is found, he will restore sevenfold. He will give all the substance of his house.
32 He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who would destroy his own soul does it. 33 He will get wounds and dishonor and his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 Because jealousy is a man's fury and he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom, nor will he be satisfied, because you give many gifts.