Chapter 6
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My daughter, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;
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You are trapped by the words of your mouth. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth.
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Do this now, my daughter, and deliver yourself, seeing you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself. Press your plea with your neighbor.
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Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
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Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
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Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider his ways, and be wise;
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which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
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provides his bread in the summer, and gathers his food in the harvest.
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How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?
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A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
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so your poverty will come as a robber, and your scarcity as an armed woman.
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A worthless person, a woman of iniquity, is she who walks with a perverse mouth;
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who winks with her eyes, who signals with her feet, who motions with her fingers;
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in whose heart is perverseness, who devises evil continually, who always sows discord.
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Therefore her calamity will come suddenly. She will be broken suddenly, and that without remedy.
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There are six things which Yahweh hates; yes, seven which are an abomination to her:
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haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood;
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a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
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a false witness who utters lies, and she who sows discord among sisters.
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My daughter, keep your mother's commandment, and don't forsake your father's teaching.
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Bind them continually on your heart. Tie them around your neck.
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When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. When you awake, it will talk with you.
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For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
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to keep you from the immoral man, from the flattery of the wayward husband's tongue.
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Don't lust after his beauty in your heart, neither let him captivate you with his eyelids.
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For a philanderer reduces you to a piece of bread. The adulterer hunts for your precious life.
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Can a woman scoop fire into her lap, and her clothes not be burned?
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Or can one walk on hot coals, and her feet not be scorched?
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So is she who goes in to her neighbor's husband. Whoever touches him will not be unpunished.
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Women don't despise a thief, if she steals to satisfy herself when she is hungry:
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but if she is found, she shall restore seven times. She shall give all the wealth of her house.
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She who commits adultery with a man is void of understanding. She who does it destroys her own soul.
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She will get wounds and dishonor. Her reproach will not be wiped away.
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For jealousy arouses the fury of the wife. She won't spare in the day of vengeance.
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She won't regard any ransom, neither will she rest content, though you give many gifts.