The Message

Proverbs 6

Like a Deer from the Hunter

11-5 Dear friend, if you’ve gone into hock with your neighbor
    or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger,
If you’ve impulsively promised the shirt off your back
    and now find yourself shivering out in the cold,
Friend, don’t waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess.
    You’re in that man’s clutches!
    Go, put on a long face; act desperate.
Don’t procrastinate—
    there’s no time to lose.
Run like a deer from the hunter,
    fly like a bird from the trapper!

A Lesson from the Ant

6-11 You lazy fool, look at an ant.
    Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
    All summer it stores up food;
    at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
    How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
    sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
    poverty your permanent houseguest!

Always Cooking Up Something Nasty

12-15 Riffraff and rascals
    talk out of both sides of their mouths.
They wink at each other, they shuffle their feet,
    they cross their fingers behind their backs.
Their perverse minds are always cooking up something nasty,
    always stirring up trouble.
Catastrophe is just around the corner for them,
    a total smashup, their lives ruined beyond repair.

Seven Things God Hates

16-19 Here are six things God hates,
    and one more that he loathes with a passion:

eyes that are arrogant,
a tongue that lies,
hands that murder the innocent,
a heart that hatches evil plots,
feet that race down a wicked track,
a mouth that lies under oath,
a troublemaker in the family.

Warning on Adultery

20-23 Good friend, follow your father’s good advice;
    don’t wander off from your mother’s teachings.
Wrap yourself in them from head to foot;
    wear them like a scarf around your neck.
Wherever you walk, they’ll guide you;
    whenever you rest, they’ll guard you;
    when you wake up, they’ll tell you what’s next.
For sound advice is a beacon,
    good teaching is a light,
    moral discipline is a life path.

24-35 They’ll protect you from wanton women,
    from the seductive talk of some temptress.
Don’t lustfully fantasize on her beauty,
    nor be taken in by her bedroom eyes.
You can buy an hour with a whore for a loaf of bread,
    but a wanton woman may well eat you alive.
Can you build a fire in your lap
    and not burn your pants?
Can you walk barefoot on hot coals
    and not get blisters?
It’s the same when you have sex with your neighbor’s wife:
    Touch her and you’ll pay for it. No excuses.
Hunger is no excuse
    for a thief to steal;
When he’s caught he has to pay it back,
    even if he has to put his whole house in hock.
Adultery is a brainless act,
    soul-destroying, self-destructive;
Expect a bloody nose, a black eye,
    and a reputation ruined for good.
For jealousy detonates rage in a cheated husband;
    wild for revenge, he won’t make allowances.
Nothing you say or pay will make it all right;
    neither bribes nor reason will satisfy him.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

箴言 6



10 再睡一會兒,再打個盹兒,
11 貧窮要像盜賊一樣攻擊你,

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,
16 耶和華所憎惡的事有六樣,
17 高傲的眼睛,
18 圖謀詭計的心,
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,
21 你要常常將這些刻在心坎上,
22 你行走,它們必引領你;
23 因為誡命是燈,訓言是光,
24 能使你遠離邪惡的女人,
25 你的心不要貪戀她的美色,
26 因為娼妓會使人傾家蕩產[a]
27 人若將火藏在懷中,
28 人若行走在火炭上,
29 與別人妻子通姦也是這樣,
30 賊因充饑而偷,
31 但若被抓到,他要償還七倍,
32 和有夫之婦通姦的,
33 他必挨打,受辱,
34 那丈夫妒火燃燒,
35 賠他再多財物,他也不會接受;

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」。