Proverbs 6

1My son, don’t make yourself responsible for another person’s debts. Don’t make such deals with friends or with strangers. 2˻If you do,˼ then you will be trapped. And you will have trapped yourself with your own words! 3You are under that person’s power. So go to him and free yourself. Beg that person to free you from his debt. 4Don’t even wait to rest or sleep. 5Escape from that trap like a deer running from a hunter. Free yourself like a bird flying out of a trap. 6Lazy person, you should become like the ant. See what the ant does. Learn from the ant. 7The ant has no ruler, no boss, no leader. 8But during summer, the ant gathers all its food. The ant saves its food. And in the winter, it has plenty of food. 9Lazy person, how long will you lie there? When will you get up from your rest? 10The lazy person says, “I need a short nap. I will lie here for a short rest.” 11But he sleeps and sleeps. And he becomes poorer and poorer. Soon he will have nothing! It will be like a robber has come and stolen everything. 12An evil and worthless person tells lies and says bad things. 13He winks his eye and makes signs with his hands and feet to trick people. 14That person is a troublemaker. He is always planning to do something bad. He makes trouble everywhere. 15˻But he will be punished.˼ All of a sudden, disaster will strike. He will suddenly be destroyed! And there will be no one to help him! 16The Lord hates these six, no seven, things: 17eyes that show a man is proud, tongues that tells lies, hands that kill innocent people, 18hearts that plan bad things to do, feet that run to do evil things, 19a person who tells lies in court and says things that are not true, a person who starts arguments and causes fights between other people. 20My son, remember your father’s commands. And don’t forget your mother’s teachings. 21˻Remember their words always˼—tie them around your neck and keep them over your heart. 22Their teachings will lead you wherever you go. They will watch over you while you sleep. And when you wake up, they will talk to you and guide you. 23The commands and teachings from your parents are like a light that shows you the right way. They correct you and train you to follow the path to life. 24Their teaching stops you from going to an evil woman. Their words protect you from the smooth talk of the wife that left her husband. 25That woman might be beautiful. But don’t let that beauty burn inside you and tempt you. Don’t let her eyes capture you. 26A prostitute might cost a loaf of bread. But the wife of another man can cost you your life! 27If a man spills fire on himself, his clothes will also be burned. 28If a man steps on a hot coal, his feet will be burned! 29It is the same with any person who sleeps with another man’s wife. That person will suffer. 30- 31A man might be hungry and steal food to eat. If that man is caught, he must pay seven times more than he stole. It might cost him everything he owns! But other people understand—they don’t lose all their respect for him. 32But a man who does the sin of adultery is foolish. He is destroying himself—he himself causes his own destruction! 33People will lose all their respect for him. And he will never lose that shame. 34The woman’s husband will become jealous. That husband will be very angry. He will do anything he can to punish the other man. 35No payment—no amount of money—will be enough to stop his anger!

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