Amplified Bible

Proverbs 6

Parental Counsel

1My son, if you have become surety (guaranteed a debt or obligation) for your neighbor,
If you have given your pledge for [the debt of] a stranger or another [outside your family],

If you have been snared with the words of your lips,
If you have been trapped by the speech of your mouth,

Do this now, my son, and release yourself [from the obligation];
[a]Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor,
Go humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor [to pay his debt and release you].

Give no [unnecessary] sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;

Tear yourself away like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.


Go to the ant, O lazy one;
Observe her ways and be wise,

Which, having no chief,
Overseer or ruler,

She prepares her food in the summer
And brings in her provisions [of food for the winter] in the harvest.

How long will you lie down, O lazy one?
When will you arise from your sleep [and learn self-discipline]?
10 
“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to lie down and rest”—
11 
So your poverty will come like an approaching prowler who walks [slowly, but surely]
And your need [will come] like an armed man [making you helpless].

12 
A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is one who walks with a perverse (corrupt, vulgar) mouth.
13 
Who winks with his eyes [in mockery], who shuffles his feet [to signal],
Who points with his fingers [to give subversive instruction];
14 
Who perversely in his heart plots trouble and evil continually;
Who spreads discord and strife.
15 
Therefore [the crushing weight of] his disaster will come suddenly upon him;
Instantly he will be broken, and there will be no healing or remedy [because he has no heart for God].

16 
These six things the Lord hates;
Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
17 
A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 
A heart that creates wicked plans,
Feet that run swiftly to evil,
19 
A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths],
And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.

20 
My son, be guided by your father’s [God-given] commandment (instruction)
And do not [b]reject the teaching of your mother;
21 
Bind them continually upon your heart (in your thoughts),
And tie them around your neck.
22 
When you walk about, they (the godly teachings of your parents) will guide you;
When you sleep, they will keep watch over you;
And when you awake, they will talk to you.
23 
For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching [of the law] is light,
And reproofs (rebukes) for discipline are the way of life,
24 
To keep you from the evil woman,
From [the flattery of] the smooth tongue of an immoral woman.
25 
Do not desire (lust after) her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her eyelashes.
26 
For on account of a prostitute one is reduced to a piece of bread [to be eaten up],
And the immoral woman hunts [with a hook] the precious life [of a man].
27 
Can a man take fire to his chest
And his clothes not be burned?
28 
Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?
29 
So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her will not be found innocent or go unpunished.
30 
People do not despise a thief if he steals
To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
31 
But when he is found, he must repay seven times [what he stole];
He must give all the property of his house [if necessary to meet his fine].
32 
But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks common sense and sound judgment and an understanding [of moral principles];
He who would destroy his soul does it.
33 
Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach (blame) will not be blotted out.
34 
For jealousy enrages the [wronged] husband;
He will not spare [the guilty one] on the day of vengeance.
35 
He will not accept any ransom [offered to buy him off from demanding full punishment];
Nor will he be satisfied though you offer him many gifts (bribes).

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 6:3 Under the ancient laws governing debt, a man obligated for another’s debt could lose his money, land, bed, and clothing; and if these were not sufficient, he and his wife and children could be sold as slaves, not to be released until the next Year of Jubilee—fifty years after the previous one.
  2. Proverbs 6:20 Lit forsake.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

箴言 6

日常警言

1孩子啊,你若為鄰人作保,
    為外人擊掌立約;
你若被自己口中的話套住,
    被自己的諾言纏住,
孩子啊,你已落入鄰人的手中,
    你當如此自救:
    要謙卑地向他求情。
勿讓你的眼睛睡覺,
    莫叫你的眼皮打盹。
要救自己脫離困境,
    像羚羊掙脫獵人的手,
    飛鳥逃脫捕鳥人的手。

懶惰的人啊,去看看螞蟻,
    觀察牠的生活,就會有智慧。
螞蟻沒有元帥,
    沒有官長,
    也沒有君王,
卻在夏季儲備糧食,
    在收割時積聚食物。
懶惰的人啊,你要躺到何時?
    要睡到何時才起床?
10 再睡一會兒,再打個盹兒,
    抱著手躺一會兒,
11 貧窮要像盜賊一樣攻擊你,
    缺乏要像武士一樣撲向你。

12 無賴與惡人滿口詭詐,
13 擠眉弄眼,手腳示意,
14 心術不正,設下詭計,惹事生非。
15 因此,災難必突然臨到,
    他們頃刻之間遭到毀滅,
    無可挽救。
16 耶和華所憎惡的事有六樣,
連祂厭惡的事共有七樣:
17 高傲的眼睛,
    撒謊的舌頭,
    殺害無辜的手,
18 圖謀詭計的心,
    奔跑作惡的腳,
19 撒謊的假證人和在弟兄中挑起爭端的人。

20 孩子啊,要遵守你父親的誡命,
    不可背棄你母親的訓言。
21 你要常常將這些刻在心坎上,
    繫在頸項上。
22 你行走,它們必引領你;
    你躺臥,它們必護衛你;
    你醒來,它們必與你交談。
23 因為誡命是燈,訓言是光,
    管教責備是生命之道,
24 能使你遠離邪惡的女人,
    避開油嘴滑舌的妓女。
25 你的心不要貪戀她的美色,
    也不要被她的媚眼所迷惑,
26 因為娼妓會使人傾家蕩產[a]
    淫婦會獵殺人寶貴的生命。
27 人若將火藏在懷中,
    哪能不燒著衣服呢?
28 人若行走在火炭上,
    哪能不燙傷雙腳呢?
29 與別人妻子通姦也是這樣,
    凡靠近她的必難逃罪責。
30 賊因充饑而偷,
    沒有人藐視他;
31 但若被抓到,他要償還七倍,
    就是傾家蕩產也要償還。
32 和有夫之婦通姦的,
    實在愚不可及,
    他是自尋死路。
33 他必挨打,受辱,
    他的恥辱永難抹去。
34 那丈夫妒火燃燒,
    報仇時絕不留情。
35 賠他再多財物,他也不會接受;
    送他再多禮物,他都不肯甘休。

Notas al pie

  1. 6·26 娼妓會使人傾家蕩產」或譯「娼妓的淫資不過是一個餅」。