Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6

1 My son, a if you become 1 surety for your friend,
If you have 2 shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
4 b Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the 3 fowler.

6 c Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no 4 captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her 5 supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 d How long will you 6 slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep -
11 e So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 f He winks with his eyes,
He 7 shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
g He devises evil continually,
h He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come i suddenly;
Suddenly he shall j be broken k without remedy.

16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to 8 Him:
17 l A 9 proud look,
m A lying tongue,
n Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 o A heart that devises wicked plans,
p Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 q A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who r sows discord among brethren.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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