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Proverbs 6

Against suretiship,

Proverbs 6:1 My sonne if thou be suretie for thy neyghbour, and hast fastened thyne hande for another man: Proverbs 6:2 Thou art bounde with thine owne wordes, and taken with thine owne speach. Proverbs 6:3 Therfore my sonne do this, and thou shalt be discharged: When thou art come into thy neyghbours daunger, go thy wayes then soone, humble thy selfe, and with thy frendes intreate [thy creditour.] Proverbs 6:4 Let not thyne eyes sleepe, nor thyne eye liddes slumber. Proverbs 6:5 Saue thy self as a Doe from the hand of the [hunter] and as a byrde from the hande of the fouler.


Proverbs 6:6 Go to the emmet thou sluggarde, consider her wayes, and learne to be wyse: Proverbs 6:7 She hath no guyde, nor ouerseer, nor ruler, Proverbs 6:8 Yet in the sommer she prouideth her meate, and gathereth her foode together in the haruest. Proverbs 6:9 Howe long wylt thou sleepe thou sluggishe man? When wylt thou aryse out of thy sleepe? Proverbs 6:10 Yea, sleepe on still a litle, slumber a litle, folde thyne handes together yet a litle that thou mayest sleepe: Proverbs 6:11 So shall pouertie come vnto thee as one that trauayleth by the way, and necessitie like a weaponed man.

and mischievousness.

Proverbs 6:12 An vngodly person, a wicked man, goeth with a frowarde mouth. Proverbs 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he tokeneth with his feete, he teacheth with his fingers. Proverbs 6:14 He is euer imagining mischiefe and frowardnes in his heart, and causeth discorde. Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his destruction come hastyly vpon hym, sodainly shall he be all to broken, and not be healed.

Seven things hateful to God.

Proverbs 6:16 These sixe thinges doth the Lorde hate, and the seuenth he vtterly abhorreth: Proverbs 6:17 A proude loke, a lying tongue, handes that shed innocent blood, Proverbs 6:18 An heart that goeth about wicked imaginations, feete that be swyft in running to mischiefe, Proverbs 6:19 A false witnesse that bringeth vp lyes, and hym that soweth discorde among brethren.

The blessings of obedience.

Proverbs 6:20 My sonne, kepe thy fathers commaundement, and forsake not the lawe of thy mother: Proverbs 6:21 Tye them continually in thyne heart, and bynde them about thy necke. Proverbs 6:22 That shall leade thee when thou goest, preserue thee when thou art asleepe, and when thou awakest talke with thee. Proverbs 6:23 For the commaundement is a lanterne, and the lawe a light: yea chastening and nurture is the way of life: Proverbs 6:24 That they may kepe thee from the euyll woman, and from the flattering tongue of the straunge woman.

The mischiefs of whoredom.

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beautie in thyne heart, lest thou be taken with her fayre lokes. Proverbs 6:26 By an harlot [a man is brought] to beg his bread, and a woman wyll hunte for the pretious life of man. Proverbs 6:27 May a man take fire in his bosome, and his clothes not be brent? Proverbs 6:28 Or can one go vpon hotte coales, and his feete not be brent? Proverbs 6:29 Euen so, whosoeuer goeth in to his neyghbours wife and toucheth her, can not be vngiltie. Proverbs 6:30 Men do not vtterly despise a thiefe that stealeth to satisfie his soule, when he is hungrie: Proverbs 6:31 But if he may be gotten, he restoreth agayne seuen tymes as muche, or els he maketh recompence with all the good of his house. Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultrie with a woman, lacketh vnderstanding: and he that doth it, destroyeth his owne soule. Proverbs 6:33 He getteth him selfe a plague and dishonour, and his reproche shall neuer be put out: Proverbs 6:34 For the ielousie and wrath of the man wyll not be entreated, Proverbs 6:35 No though thou wouldest offer hym great gyftes to make amendes, he wyll not receaue them.

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