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.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 6

愚かな者にならないように

1わが子よ。見ず知らずの人の保証人になり、
借金の肩代わりをすることになったら、
それは深刻な問題です。
あなたは自分が承諾したことによって、
罠に陥ったのです。
もしそうなったら、すぐに手を打ちなさい。
プライドを捨て、恥をかくことを覚悟して
相手のところへ飛んで行き、
証書から名前を消してもらいなさい。
先に延ばさず、今すぐしなさい。
眠るのはそのあとにしなさい。
鹿が猟をする者の手を逃れ、
鳥が網から逃れるように、うまく逃れるのです。
怠け者よ、蟻を見ならいなさい。
蟻のやり方を見て学びなさい。
蟻には、働けと命じる支配者がいません。
それでも夏の間懸命に働き、冬の食糧を集めます。
ところが、あなたがたは眠ってばかりいます。
いったいいつ目を覚ますのですか。
10 「まだしばらく寝かせてほしい」と言っていますが、
その「ほんの少し」が問題なのです。
11 のんびり眠っている間に
泥棒のように貧しさが近づいてきて、
気がついたときには手遅れです。
12-13 悪者は、どうしようもない人間です。
彼らは平気でうそをつき、
仲間には目くばせや合図で企みを伝えます。
14 反抗心が人一倍強く、悪いことばかり考え、
いさかいを巻き起こすのです。
15 しかし、あっという間に身を滅ぼし、
倒れたら二度と立ち直れません。
16-19 神のきらいなものが六つ、いいえ七つあります。
高慢な態度、うそをつくこと、人殺し、
悪だくみ、悪事に熱中すること、
偽証、仲たがいの種をまくことです。

20 若者よ。親の言いつけを守りなさい。
21 一瞬たりとも忘れないように、
親の教えをしっかり心に刻み込みなさい。
22 昼も夜も彼らの助言に従えば、いつも安全です。
朝、目を覚ましたら、教えどおりに一日を始めなさい。
23 危険だとわかっていればこそ、
前もって忠告してくれるのです。
だから忠告を聞き、良き人生を送りなさい。
24 そうすれば、悪い女の甘いお世辞に
惑わされることもありません。
25 彼女の美しさに心を奪われてはなりません。
誘惑するような目つきにだまされてはいけません。
26 彼女におぼれると金を巻き上げられ、
人妻にうつつを抜かすと身を滅ぼすからです。
27 火をかかえ込めばやけどをし、
28 熱く燃える炭火の上を歩けば、やけどを負います。
29 同じように、人妻と汚らわしい関係を結ぶ者も
罰を免れません。
30 空腹のあまり盗みをしてしまったとしたら、
言い訳の余地があるかもしれません。
31 しかし、盗みは盗みです。
償いにたくさんの罰金を払わなければなりません。
持ち物を全部売り払ってでも、
支払わなければならないのです。
32 人妻と関係する者は愚かな者で、
自分で自分を滅ぼします。
33 身も心も傷つき、取り返しのつかない恥をかくのです。
34 嫉妬に狂った彼女の夫はあなたに復讐し
35 どんな償いをしても赦しません。