Don't Be Foolish 6 1My child, suppose you agree to pay the debt of someone, who cannot repay a loan. 2Then you are trapped by your own words, 3and you are now in the power of someone else. Here is what you should do: Go and beg for permission to call off the agreement. 4Do this before you fall asleep or even get sleepy. 5Save yourself, just as a deer or a bird tries to escape from a hunter. 6You lazy people can learn by watching an anthill. 7Ants don't have leaders, 8but they store up food during harvest season. 9How long will you lie there doing nothing at all? When are you going to get up and stop sleeping? 10 Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs. 11Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber. 12Worthless liars go around 13 winking and giving signals to deceive others. 14They are always thinking up something cruel and evil, and they stir up trouble. 15But they will be struck by sudden disaster and left without a hope. 16There are six or seven kinds of people the LORD doesn't like: 17Those who are too proud or tell lies or murder, 18those who make evil plans or are quick to do wrong, 19those who tell lies in court or stir up trouble in a family. 20Obey the teaching of your parents— 21always keep it in mind and never forget it. 22Their teaching will guide you when you walk, protect you when you sleep, and talk to you when you are awake. 23The Law of the Lord is a lamp, and its teachings shine brightly. Correction and self-control will lead you through life. 24They will protect you from the flattering words of someone else's wife.[F] 25Don't let yourself be attracted by the charm and lovely eyes of someone like that. 26A woman who sells her love can be bought for as little as the price of a meal. But making love to another man's wife will cost you everything. 27If you carry burning coals, you burn your clothes; 28if you step on hot coals, you burn your feet. 29And if you go to bed with another man's wife, you pay the price. 30We don't put up with thieves, not even[G] with one who steals for something to eat. 31And thieves who get caught must pay back seven times what was stolen and lose everything. 32But if you go to bed with another man's wife, you will destroy yourself by your own stupidity. 33You will be beaten and forever disgraced, 34because a jealous husband can be furious and merciless when he takes revenge. 35He won't let you pay him off, no matter what you offer.
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