Parental Counsel

My son, if you have become (A)surety for your neighbor,
Have [a]given a pledge for a stranger,
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
Since you have come into the [b]hand of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
Give no (B)sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand
And like a (C)bird from the hand of the fowler.

Go to the (D)ant, O (E)sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having (F)no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food (G)in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 (H)A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to [c]rest”—
11 (I)Your poverty will come in like a [d]vagabond
And your need like [e]an armed man.

12 A (J)worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a (K)perverse mouth,
13 Who (L)winks with his eyes, who [f]signals with his feet,
Who [g]points with his fingers;
14 Who with (M)perversity in his heart continually (N)devises evil,
Who [h](O)spreads strife.
15 Therefore (P)his calamity will come suddenly;
(Q)Instantly he will be broken and there will be (R)no healing.

16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination [i]to Him:
17 (S)Haughty eyes, a (T)lying tongue,
And hands that (U)shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises (V)wicked plans,
(W)Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A (X)false witness who utters lies,
And one who [j](Y)spreads strife among brothers.

20 (Z)My son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the [k]teaching of your mother;
21 (AA)Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you (AB)walk about, [l]they will guide you;
When you sleep, [m]they will watch over you;
And when you awake, [n]they will talk to you.
23 For (AC)the commandment is a lamp and the [o]teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24 To (AD)keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the [p]adulteress.
25 (AE)Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her (AF)eyelids.
26 For (AG)on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
And [q]an adulteress (AH)hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man [r]take fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?
29 So is the one who (AI)goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her (AJ)will not [s]go unpunished.
30 [t]Men do not despise a thief if he steals
To (AK)satisfy [u]himself when he is hungry;
31 But when he is found, he must (AL)repay sevenfold;
He must give all the [v]substance of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is (AM)lacking [w]sense;
He who would (AN)destroy [x]himself does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34 For (AO)jealousy [y]enrages a man,
And he will not spare in the (AP)day of vengeance.
35 He will not [z]accept any ransom,
Nor will he be [aa]satisfied though you give many [ab]gifts.


  1. Proverbs 6:1 Lit clapped your palms
  2. Proverbs 6:3 Lit palm
  3. Proverbs 6:10 Lit lie down
  4. Proverbs 6:11 Lit one who walks
  5. Proverbs 6:11 Lit a man with a shield
  6. Proverbs 6:13 Lit scrapes
  7. Proverbs 6:13 Lit instructs with
  8. Proverbs 6:14 Lit sends out
  9. Proverbs 6:16 Lit of His soul
  10. Proverbs 6:19 Lit sends out
  11. Proverbs 6:20 Or law
  12. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
  13. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
  14. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
  15. Proverbs 6:23 Or law
  16. Proverbs 6:24 Lit foreign woman
  17. Proverbs 6:26 Lit a man’s wife
  18. Proverbs 6:27 Lit snatch up
  19. Proverbs 6:29 Lit be innocent
  20. Proverbs 6:30 Lit They do not; or Do not men...?
  21. Proverbs 6:30 Lit his soul
  22. Proverbs 6:31 Or wealth
  23. Proverbs 6:32 Lit heart
  24. Proverbs 6:32 Lit his soul
  25. Proverbs 6:34 Lit is the rage of
  26. Proverbs 6:35 Lit lift up the face of any
  27. Proverbs 6:35 Lit willing
  28. Proverbs 6:35 Or bribes

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