6:1 My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;
6:2 You are trapped by the words of your mouth. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, seeing you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself. Press your plea with your neighbor.
6:4 Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
6:5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise;
6:7 which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?
6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
6:11 so your poverty will come as a robber, and your scarcity as an armed man.
6:12 A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth;
6:13 who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who motions with his fingers;
6:14 in whose heart is perverseness, who devises evil continually, who always sows discord.
6:15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly. He will be broken suddenly, and that without remedy.
6:16 There are six things which Yahweh hates; yes, seven which are an abomination to him:
6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood;
6:18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
6:19 a false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.
6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and don't forsake your mother's teaching.
6:21 Bind them continually on your heart. Tie them around your neck.
6:22 When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. When you awake, it will talk with you.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
6:24 to keep you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the wayward wife's tongue.
6:25 Don't lust after her beauty in your heart, neither let her captivate you with her eyelids.
6:26 For a prostitute reduces you to a piece of bread. The adulteress hunts for your precious life.
6:27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?
6:28 Or can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?
6:29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife. Whoever touches her will not be unpunished.
6:30 Men don't despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry:
6:31 but if he is found, he shall restore seven times. He shall give all the wealth of his house.
6:32 He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul.
6:33 He will get wounds and dishonor. His reproach will not be wiped away.
6:34 For jealousy arouses the fury of the husband. He won't spare in the day of vengeance.
6:35 He won't regard any ransom, neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.