Proverbs 6

Practical Warnings

1 My son, a if you become 1 surety for your friend,
If you have 2 shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
4 b Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the 3 fowler.

6 c Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no 4 captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her 5 supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 d How long will you 6 slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep -
11 e So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 f He winks with his eyes,
He 7 shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
g He devises evil continually,
h He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come i suddenly;
Suddenly he shall j be broken k without remedy.

16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to 8 Him:
17 l A 9 proud look,
m A lying tongue,
n Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 o A heart that devises wicked plans,
p Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 q A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who r sows discord among brethren.

Warnings Against Adultery

20 s My son, keep your father's command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 t Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 u When you roam, 10 they will lead you;
When you sleep, v they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 w For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 x To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 y Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For z by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
a And 11 an adulteress will b prey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, c he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman d lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For e jealousy is a husband's fury;
Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will 12 accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:15
    He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 132:4
    I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids.
  3. Cross References
    Job 12:7
    But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 24:33
    A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest.
    Proverbs 24:34
    So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:4
    He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
  6. Cross References
    Job 15:12
    Why does your heart carry you away, And what do your eyes wink at.
    Psalms 35:19
    Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
    Proverbs 10:10
    He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:29
    Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
    Micah 2:1
    Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:19
    A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 24:22
    For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?
    Isaiah 30:13
    Therefore this iniquity shall be to you Like a breach ready to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
    1 Thessalonians 5:3
    For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 19:11
    And say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury them in Tophet till there is no place to bury.
  11. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 36:16
    But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 101:5
    Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.
    Proverbs 21:4
    A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 120:2
    Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.
    Proverbs 12:22
    Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 19:10
    Lest innocent blood be shed in the midst of your land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and thus guilt of bloodshed be upon you.
    Proverbs 28:17
    A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him.
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
  15. Cross References
    Genesis 6:5
    Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man wa...
    Psalms 36:4
    He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himse...
    Proverbs 24:2
    For their heart devises violence, And their lip...
    Jeremiah 18:18
    Then they said, "Come and let us devise plans a...
    Mark 14:1
    After two days it was the Passover and the Feas...
    Mark 14:43 - 46
    And immediately, while He was still speaking, J...
  16. Cross References
    2 Kings 5:20 - 27
    But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him.
    Isaiah 59:7
    Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
    Romans 3:15
    Their feet are swift to shed blood.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 27:12
    Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
    Proverbs 19:5
    A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.
    Proverbs 19:9
    A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.
    Matthew 26:59 - 66
    Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:14
    Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.
    1 Corinthians 1:11 - 13
    For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.
  19. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:1
    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:3
    Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:23
    Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
  22. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:11
    Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 19:8
    The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
    2 Peter 1:19
    And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
  24. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
  25. Cross References
    Matthew 5:28
    But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  26. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:3
    Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
  27. Cross References
    Genesis 39:14
    That she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
  28. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:18
    And say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?
  29. Cross References
    Exodus 22:1 - 4
    If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep.
  30. Cross References
    Proverbs 7:7
    And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding.
  31. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:4
    Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
    Song of Solomon 8:6
    Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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