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Proverbs 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warnings Against Folly

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:1 - My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:2 - you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:3 - So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—[fn] and give your neighbor no rest!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:4 - Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:5 - Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:6 - Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:7 - It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:8 - yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:9 - How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:10 - A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:11 - and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:12 - A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:13 - who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:14 - who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:15 - Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:16 - There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:17 - haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:18 - a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:19 - a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Warning Against Adultery

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:20 - My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:21 - Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:22 - When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:23 - For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:24 - keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:25 - Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:26 - For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:27 - Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:28 - Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:29 - So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:30 - People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:31 - Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:32 - But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:33 - Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:34 - For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 6:35 - He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.
NIV Footnotes
Or Go and humble yourself,

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