Proverbs

Proverbs 6 ©

1Against suretiship, 6idleness, 12and mischievousness. 16Seven things hateful to God. 20The blessings of obedience to parents. 25The mischiefs of whoredom.

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MY son, aif thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

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Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art *taken with the words of thy mouth.

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Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and 1make sure thy friend.

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bGive not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

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Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and cas a bird from the hand of the *fowler.

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dGo to the ant, thou *sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

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Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

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eProvideth her *meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

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fHow long wilt thou sleep, O *sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

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Yet ga little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

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So shall hthy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

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¶A i*naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a *froward mouth.

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He jwinketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

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k*Frowardness is in his heart, lhe deviseth mischief continually; he 2soweth discord.

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mTherefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

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¶These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination 3unto him:

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4A nproud look, a olying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

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An pheart that deviseth wicked imaginations, qfeet that be swift in running to mischief,

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A rfalse witness that sspeaketh lies, and the that soweth discord among brethren.

t 3Jn. 9,10. v.14. ch. 8.13; 16.28.
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¶My uson, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

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vBind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy wneck.

v ch. 3.3.
w ch. 1.9.
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xWhen thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

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For ythe commandment is a 5lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are zthe way of life:

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To akeep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery 6of the tongue of a *strange woman.

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bLust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her *take thee with her eyelids.

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For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a cpiece of bread: and 7the adulteress will dhunt for the precious life.

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Can a man take efire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

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Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

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So fhe that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

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Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

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But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; ghe shall give all the substance of his house.

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But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh 8understanding: hhe that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

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A iwound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

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For jjealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the kday of vengeance.

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9He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.