English Revised Version

Proverbs 6

Against suretiship,

Proverbs 6:1 My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger, Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Proverbs 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbour; go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbour. Proverbs 6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Proverbs 6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.


Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Proverbs 6:7 Which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, Proverbs 6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Proverbs 6:10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: Proverbs 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man.

and mischievousness.

Proverbs 6:12 A worthless person, a man of iniquity; he walketh with a froward mouth; Proverbs 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he maketh signs with his fingers; Proverbs 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil continually; he soweth discord. Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; on a sudden shall he be broken and that without remedy.

Seven things hateful to God.

Proverbs 6:16 There be six things which the LORD hateth; yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Proverbs 6:17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief; Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

The blessings of obedience.

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Proverbs 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, tie them about thy neck. Proverbs 6:22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall watch over thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: Proverbs 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the stranger's tongue.

The mischiefs of whoredom.

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Proverbs 6:26 For on account of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress hunteth for the precious life. Proverbs 6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:28 Or can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched? Proverbs 6:29 So he that goeth in to his nieghbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry: Proverbs 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. Proverbs 6:32 He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: he doeth it that would destroy his own soul. Proverbs 6:33 Wounds and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. Proverbs 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man; and he will not spare in the day of vengeance. Proverbs 6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

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