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