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You have not started any reading plans.
if you have shaken hands in pledgej for a stranger,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—a
and give your neighbor no rest!
no slumber to your eyelids.k
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.n
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;o
consider its ways and be wise!
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summerp
and gathers its food at harvest.q
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?r
When will you get up from your sleep?
a little folding of the hands to rests—
11 and povertyt will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,u
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,v
14 who plots evilw with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.x
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;y
16 There are six things the Lord hates,b
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,c
a lying tongue,d
hands that shed innocent blood,e
feet that are quick to rush into evil,f
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.i
20 My son,j keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.k
fasten them around your neck.l
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
this teaching is a light,m
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,n
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.o
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.p
without his clothes being burned?
without his feet being scorched?
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,s
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
whoever does so destroys himself.
and his shame will neverv be wiped away.
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.y
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