The Holy Bible, King James Version Revised

The Proverbs


My son, if thou be surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast given a pledge for 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 neighbour; go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbour.
. .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.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
. .7 Which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
. .8 Prepareth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
. .9 How long wilt thou lie down, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
. .10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest:
. .11 So shall thy poverty come as a vagabond, and thy want as an armed man.
A worthless person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
. .13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he maketh signs 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.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
. .17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
. .18 An heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
. .19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the teachings 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 teaching is light; and reproofs of discipline are the way of life:
. .24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
. .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 reduced to a piece of bread: and the adultress will prey upon thy 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 scorched?
. .29 So is he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not go unpunished.
. .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 angereth a man: and 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.

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