The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 6:1–5

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My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger--

My son, if thou become surety for thy friend, thou shalt deliver thine hand to an enemy.

My son, if you have taken a pledge on behalf of your friend, then you have bound your hand to an outsider,

Thou art snared by the words of thy mouth, thou art caught by the words of thy mouth--

For a man’s own lips become a strong snare to him, and he is caught with the lips of his own mouth.

then you are ensnared by the words of your own mouth, and taken captive by your own words.

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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.

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.

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.

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Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Do not grant sleep to your eyes, nor let your eyelids slumber.

You shall not give sleep to your eyes nor slumber to your eyelids.

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Deliver thyself as a gazelle from the hand of the hunter , and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

that thou mayest deliver thyself as a doe out of the toils, and as a bird out of a snare.