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Proverbs 6

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 1 My son, if you are in a financial guarantee [surety] for your friend, if you have given your pledge for a stranger,

 2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you have been taken with the words of your mouth.

 3 Do this now, my son, and free yourself, when you find yourself in the hand of your friend; go, humble yourself, and make your plea to your friend [to be released from your guarantee].

 4 Do not allow sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.1

 5 Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise;

 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

 8 Provides her food in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

 9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?

 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.

 11 So shall poverty come on you like a thief, and your want like an armed man.2

 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth.

 13 He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;

 14 Perversity is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.

 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

 16 These six things that the LORD hates; yes, seven are an abomination to him: [What the Lord hates will certainly be banned from heaven.]

 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

 18 A heart that imagines immoral plans, feet that are swift to run to evil,

 19 A false witness who speaks lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.3

 20 My son, keep your father's command, and do not ignore the law of your mother.

 21 Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.

 22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you awaken, it shall talk with you.

 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

 24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.

 26 For by means of a whorish woman, a man is brought to a piece of bread; and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

 28 Can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

 29 So is he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

 31 But if he is discovered, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

 32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does it, destroys his own soul.

 33 A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man [the husband]; therefore he will not spare you in the day of vengeance.

 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, although you give many gifts.


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1 Do not allow sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Sleep is the enemy of hearing the Word of the Lord within your heart. When you are tired from lack of sleep, it is easiest to hear the Voice of the Lord within. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Mat 26:40. Rouse yourselves and keep awake, Rev 3:3.Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thes 5:6. Awake, you who sleep Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. Ephesians 5:14.

2 So shall poverty come on you like a thief. Plenty of sleep creates spiritual poverty. Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; [spiritual poverty] Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread. Pro 20:13. (Jesus is the Bread from Heaven, the Word of God, heard from within — this is a strong advisory to get as little sleep as possible.) Behold, I am going to come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake. Revelation 16:15. I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. Psalm 63:6.

3 The Lord hates he who sows discord among brothers. From William Penn's Advice to Children: Abhor divisiveness, the sin of fallen angels, and the worst sin of fallen men. Paul also said: Now I beseech you, brothers, mark those who cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine that you have learned; and avoid them, Rom 16:17; and avoid foolish disputed, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Reject a man who is divisive after a first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is perverted, and sins after being convicted, and is condemned even by himself. Titus 3:9-11.

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