My son, if thou be surety
for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with
the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself,
when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself,
and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber
to thine eyelids.
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: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth
her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep,
O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little
sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want
as an armed man. A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with
a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his
feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart,
he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
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: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that
be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh
lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:1-19 kjv)