New International Version - Proverbs 6 << | >> 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031 6:1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another, 6:2 if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 6:3 then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor! 6:4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. 6:5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 6:7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 6:8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 6:9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- 6:11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. 6:12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 6:13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 6:14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart- he always stirs up dissension. 6:15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed-without remedy. 6:16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 6:19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. 6:20 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 6:21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. 6:22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. 6:23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, 6:24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, 6:26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. 6:27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? 6:28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? 6:29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. 6:31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. 6:32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. 6:33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; 6:34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. 6:35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.