Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6

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.

  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.
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