NASB — Proverbs 6 — KJV

Parental Counsel

  1 My son, if you have become asurety for your neighbor,
  Have Igiven a pledge for a stranger,
  2 [If] you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
  Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
  3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
  Since you have come into the Ihand of your neighbor,
  Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
  4 Give no asleep to your eyes,
  Nor slumber to your eyelids;
  5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from [the hunter’s] hand
  And like a abird from the hand of the fowler.

[1] ILit clapped your palms aPv 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13
[3] ILit palm
[4] aPs 132:4
[5] aPs 91:3; 124:7

  6 ¶ Go to the aant, O bsluggard,
  Observe her ways and be wise,
  7 Which, having ano chief,
  Officer or ruler,
  8 Prepares her food ain the summer
  [And] gathers her provision in the harvest.
  9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
  When will you arise from your sleep?
  10aA little sleep, a little slumber,
  A little folding of the hands to Irest”—
  11 aYour poverty will come in like a Ivagabond
  And your need like IIan armed man.

[6] aPv 30:24, 25 bPv 6:9; 10:26; 13:4; 20:4; 26:16
[7] aPv 30:27
[8] aPv 10:5
[10] ILit lie down aPv 24:33
[11] ILit one who walks IILit a man with a shield aPv 24:34

  12 ¶ A aworthless person, a wicked man,
  Is the one who walks with a bperverse mouth,
  13 Who awinks with his eyes, who Isignals with his feet,
  Who IIpoints with his fingers;
  14 Who [with] aperversity in his heart continually bdevises evil,
  Who Icspreads strife.
  15 Therefore ahis calamity will come suddenly;
  bInstantly he will be broken and there will be cno healing.

[12] aPv 16:27 bPv 4:24; 10:32
[13] ILit scrapes IILit instructs with aJb 15:12; Ps 35:19; Pv 10:10
[14] ILit sends out aPv 17:20 bPv 3:29; Mi 2:1 cPv 6:19; 16:28
[15] aPv 24:22 bIs 30:13, 14; Jr 19:11 c2Ch 36:16

  16 ¶ There are six things which the LORD hates,
  Yes, seven which are an abomination Ito Him:
  17 aHaughty eyes, a blying tongue,
  And hands that cshed innocent blood,
  18 A heart that devises awicked plans,
  bFeet that run rapidly to evil,
  19 A afalse witness [who] utters lies,
  And one who Ibspreads strife among brothers.

[16] ILit of His soul
[17] aPs 18:27; 101:5; Pv 21:4; 30:13 bPs 31:18; 120:2; Pv 12:22; 17:7 cDt 19:10; Pv 28:17; Is 1:15; 59:7
[18] aGn 6:5; Pv 24:2 bPv 1:16; Is 59:7; Ro 3:15
[19] ILit sends out aPs 27:12; Pv 12:17; 19:5, 9; 21:28 bPv 6:14

  20aMy son, observe the commandment of your father
  And do not forsake the Iteaching of your mother;
  21 aBind them continually on your heart;
  Tie them around your neck.
  22 When you awalk about, Ithey will guide you;
  When you sleep, Ithey will watch over you;
  And when you awake, Ithey will talk to you.
  23 For athe commandment is a lamp and the Iteaching is light;
  And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
  24 To akeep you from the evil woman,
  From the smooth tongue of the Iadulteress.
  25 aDo not desire her beauty in your heart,
  Nor let her capture you with her beyelids.
  26 For aon account of a harlot [one is reduced] to a loaf of bread,
  And Ian adulteress bhunts for the precious life.
  27 Can a man Itake 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 agoes in to his neighbor’s wife;
  Whoever touches her bwill not Igo unpunished.
  30 IMen do not despise a thief if he steals
  To asatisfy IIhimself when he is hungry;
  31 But when he is found, he must arepay sevenfold;
  He must give all the Isubstance of his house.
  32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is alacking Isense;
  He who would bdestroy IIhimself does it.
  33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
  And his reproach will not be blotted out.
  34 For ajealousy Ienrages a man,
  And he will not spare in the bday of vengeance.
  35 He will not Iaccept any ransom,
  Nor will he be IIsatisfied though you give many IIIgifts.

[20] IOr law aEp 6:1
[21] aPv 3:3
[22] ILit she aPv 3:23
[23] IOr law aPs 19:8; 119:105
[24] ILit foreign woman aPv 5:3; 7:5, 21
[25] aMt 5:28 b2K 9:30; Jr 4:30; Ezk 23:40
[26] ILit a man’s wife aPv 5:9, 10; 29:3 bPv 7:23; Ezk 13:18
[27] ILit snatch up
[29] ILit be innocent aEzk 18:6; 33:26 bPv 16:5
[30] ILit They do not; or Do not men...? IILit his soul aJb 38:39
[31] IOr wealth aEx 22:1-4
[32] ILit heart IILit his soul aPv 7:7; 9:4, 16; 10:13, 21; 11:12; 12:11 bPv 7:22, 23
[34] ILit is the rage of aPv 27:4; So 8:6 bPv 11:4
[35] ILit lift up the face of any IILit willing IIIOr bribes


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Against suretiship,

1 ¶ My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

[1] Gn 43:9; 44:32; Jb 17:3; Pv 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13; Phm 1:18; He 7:22.
[2] Pv 12:13; 18:7.
[3] Ex 10:3; 2S 24:14; 2Ch 12:5; 36:12; Ps 31:8; Jm 4:10.
[4] Ps 132:4; Pv 6:10; Ec 9:10; Mt 24:17; Mk 13:35.
[5] Ps 11:1; 124:7; Pv 1:17.

idleness,

6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

[6] Jb 12:7; Pv 1:17; 6:9; 10:26; 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 19:15, 24; 20:4; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30; 26:13; Is 1:3; Mt 6:26; 25:26; Ro 12:11; He 6:12.
[7] Jb 38:39; 39:1, 26; 41:4.
[8] Pv 30:25; 1Ti 6:19.
[9] Ps 94:8; Pv 1:22; 24:33; Jr 4:14; Jn 1:6; Ro 13:11; Ep 5:14; 1Th 5:2.
[10] Pv 6:6; 23:33; 24:33.
[11] Pv 10:4; 13:4; 20:4.

and mischievousness.

12 ¶ A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 14 Frowardness [is] in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

[12] 1S 17:28; Ps 10:3, 7; 36:3; 52:2; 59:7; 73:8; Pv 2:12; 4:24; 6:14; 8:13; 11:6; 17:4; Jr 24:2, 8; Mt 12:34; Ac 20:30; 1Ti 5:13; Tit 1:10; Jm 1:21; 3:6.
[13] Jb 15:12; Ps 35:19; Pv 5:6; 10:10.
[14] Ps 36:4; Pv 2:14; 6:18, 19; 16:28; 21:8; 22:8; 26:17; Is 32:7; 57:20; Ezk 11:2; Ho 8:7; Mi 2:1; Ro 16:17; Ga 6:7.
[15] 2Ch 36:16; Ps 50:22; 73:18; Pv 1:27; 29:1; Is 30:13; Jr 19:11; 1Th 5:3.

Seven things hateful to God.

16 ¶ These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

[16] Dt 18:10; 23:18; 24:4; 25:16; Ps 11:5; Pv 3:32; 8:13; 11:1, 20; 15:8; 17:15; 20:10, 23; 30:18, 21, 24, 29; Am 1:3, 6, 9, 11; 2:1, 4, 6; Rv 21:27.
[17] Dt 27:25; 2K 24:4; Ps 5:6; 10:4; 18:27; 73:6; 101:5; 120:2; 131:1; Pv 1:11; 12:22; 14:5; 26:28; 30:13; Is 1:15; 2:11; 3:9, 16; 59:3; Ho 4:1; Jn 8:44; 1P 5:5; Rv 22:15.
[18] Gn 6:5; Ps 36:4; Pv 1:16; 24:8; Is 59:7; Jr 4:14; Mi 2:1; Zc 8:17; Ro 3:15.
[19] Ex 20:16; 23:1; Dt 19:16; 1K 21:10; Ps 27:12; 35:11; Pv 6:14; 12:17; 16:28; 19:5, 9; 22:10; 25:18; 26:20; Mt 15:19; 26:59; Ac 6:13; 2Ti 2:23; Jm 3:14, 18; 3Jn 1:9.

The blessings of obedience.

20 ¶ My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

[20] Dt 21:18; 27:16; Pv 1:8; 7:1; 23:22; 30:11; Ep 6:1.
[21] Ex 13:16; Dt 6:8; Pv 3:3; 4:6, 21; 7:3; 2Co 3:3.
[22] Ps 17:4; 43:3; 119:9, 11, 24, 54, 97, 148; Pv 2:11; 3:23; Dn 11:18.
[23] Lv 19:17; Ps 19:8; 119:98, 105; 141:5; Pv 3:18; 4:4, 13; 5:12; 15:24, 31; 29:15; Is 8:20; Jr 21:8; 2P 1:19; Rv 2:5.
[24] Pv 2:16; 5:3; 7:5; Ec 7:26.

The mischiefs of whoredom.

25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. 30 [Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 32 [But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

[25] 2S 11:2; 2K 9:30; So 4:9; Is 3:16; Mt 5:28; Jm 1:14.
[26] Gn 39:14; 1S 2:36; Pv 5:10; 29:3, 8; Ezk 13:8; Lk 15:13, 30.
[27] Jb 31:9; Ho 7:4; Jm 3:5.
[29] Gn 12:18; 20:4; 26:10; Lv 20:10; 2S 11:3; 12:9; 16:21; Jr 5:8; Ezk 22:11; Mal 3:5; 1Co 7:1.
[31] Ex 22:1, 3; 2S 12:6; Jb 20:18; Mt 18:25; Lk 19:8.
[32] Gn 39:9; 41:39; Pv 2:18; 5:22; 7:7, 22; 8:36; 9:16; Ec 7:25; Jr 5:8, 21; Ezk 18:31; Ho 4:11; 13:9; Ro 1:22; He 13:4.
[33] Gn 49:4; Jg 16:19; 1K 15:5; Ne 13:26; Ps 38:1; 51:1, 8; Pv 5:9; Mt 1:6.
[34] Nu 5:14; 25:11; Jg 19:29; Pv 27:4; So 8:6; 1Co 10:22.
[35] 2K 5:1; Pv 4:3; 7:13; 8:25; Is 2:9; Mal 2:9.


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