A project of the Bible in Its Traditions Research Program AISBL
Directed by the École Biblique et Archéologique in Jerusalem
To support us, click here
1 My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger--
1 My son, if thou become surety for thy friend, thou shalt deliver thine hand to an enemy.
1 My son, if you have taken a pledge on behalf of your friend, then you have bound your hand to an outsider,
2 Thou art snared by the words of thy mouth, thou art caught by the words of thy mouth--
2 For a man’s own lips become a strong snare to him, and he is caught with the lips of his own mouth.
2 then you are ensnared by the words of your own mouth, and taken captive by your own words.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbour; go, humble thyself, and urge thy neighbour.
3 My son, do what I command thee, and deliver thyself; for on thy friend’s account thou art come into the power of evil men: faint not, but stir up even thy friend for whom thou art become surety.
3 Therefore, my son, do what I say, and free yourself, for you have fallen into the hand of your neighbor. Run, hurry, awaken your friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
4 Do not grant sleep to your eyes, nor let your eyelids slumber.
4 You shall not give sleep to your eyes nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a gazelle from the hand of the hunter , and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
5 that thou mayest deliver thyself as a doe out of the toils, and as a bird out of a snare.