1 Son, if you endorse a note for someone you hardly know, guaranteeing his debt, you are in serious trouble.
2 You may have trapped yourself by the agreement.
3 Quick! Get out of it if you possibly can! Swallow your pride, don’t let embarrassment stand in the way. Go and beg to have your name erased.
4 Don’t put it off. Do it now. Don’t rest until you do.
5 If you can get out of this trap you have saved yourself like a deer that escapes from a hunter, or a bird from a net.
7 For though they have no king to make them work,
8 yet they labor hard all summer gathering up food for the winter.
9 But you-all you do is sleep. When will you wake up?
10 “Let me sleep a little longer!” Sure, just a little more!
11 And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor.
12,13 Let me describe for you a worthless and wicked man; first, he is a constant liar; he signals his true intentions to his friends with eyes and feet and fingers.
14 Next, his heart is full of rebellion. And he spends his time thinking of all the evil he can do, and stirring up discontent.
15 But he will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond hope of healing.
16-19 For there are six things The LORD hates – no seven:
Eagerness to do wrong
A false witness
Sowing discord among brothers.
20 Young man, obey your father and your mother.
21 Tie their instructions around your finger so you won’t forget. Take to heart all their advice.
22 Every day and all night long their counsel will lead you and save you from harm; when you wake up in the morning, let their instructions guide you into the new day.
23 For their advice is a beam of light directed into the dark corners of your mind to warn you of danger and to give you a good life.
25 Don’t lust for their beauty. Don’t let their coyness seduce you.
26 For a prostitute will bring a man to poverty and an adulteress may cost him his very life.
27 Can a man hold fire against his chest and not be burned?
28 Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
29 So it is with the man who commits adultery with another’s wife. He shall not go unpunished for this sin.
30 Excuses might even be found for a thief, if he steals when he is starving!
31 But even so, he is fined seven times as much as he stole, though it may mean selling everything in his house to pay it back.
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot,
34 for the woman’s husband will be furious in his jealousy and he will have no mercy on you in his day of vengeance.
35 You won’t be able to buy him off no matter what you offer.
Text: Children's Living Bible, Tyndale House Publishers 1972
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