Against suretiship, idleness, and mischievousness. Seven things hateful to God. The blessings of obedience to parents. The mischiefs of whoredom.
1 My son, 1if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and amake sure thy friend.
4 1Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and 1as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 ¶ 1Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 1Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 1How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 yet 1a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall 1thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 ¶ A 1naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He 1winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 1Frowardness is in his heart, 2he deviseth mischief continually; he asoweth discord.
15 1Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 ¶ These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination aunto him:
17 aA 1proud look, a 2lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An 1heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, 2feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A 1false witness that 2speaketh lies, and 3he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 ¶ My 1son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 1Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy 2neck.
22 1When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For 1the commandment is a alamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are 2the way of life:
24 To 1keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery aof the tongue of a strange woman.
25 1Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a 1piece of bread: and athe adulteress will 2hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take 1fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So 1he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; 1he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 but whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh aunderstanding: 1he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A 1wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For 1jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the 2day of vengeance.
35 aHe will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.