Warnings against foolish behavior
1 My son, if someone has borrowed money from a friend or a stranger,
and if you have promised that you will pay the money back if that person is unable to pay back the money he borrowed,
2 you may be trapped by what you have agreed to do,
because if the one who borrowed the money is not able to pay it back, you will have to pay it.
What you have said that you will do will be like a snare to you.
3 So, my son, I will tell you what you should do to escape from your difficulty,
so that the moneylender does not get control over your wealth:
Humbly go to your friend and plead with him to cancel the agreement!
4 Do not wait until tomorrow; go immediately!
Do not rest until you go and talk with him.
5 Save yourself,
like a deer that escapes from a deer hunter
or like a bird that flees from a bird hunter.
6 You lazy individual, learn something from watching the ants.
Become wise from observing what they do.
7 They do not have a king or a governor or any other person who rules them and forces them to work,
8 but they work hard all during the summer,
gathering and storing food to eat during the winter.
9 But, you lazy loafer, how long will you continue to sleep [RHQ]?
Are you never going to get up from sleeping and go to work?
10 You sleep a for a little time; you say, “I will take just a short nap.”
You lie down and fold/lay your hands across your chest and rest;
11 and suddenly you will become poor.
It will be as though a bandit suddenly comes and takes all that you have.
12 I will describe for you what worthless and evil people are like.
They constantly lie;
13 by winking their eyes and moving their feet and making signs with their fingers,
they signal to their friends what they are intending/planning to do.
14 They plan to do evil things.
They constantly cause strife/trouble.
15 But disasters will hit them suddenly;
they will be crushed/ruined and nothing will be able to heal them.
16 There are six, maybe seven, kinds of people that Yahweh hates. They are:
17 People who show by their eyes that they are very proud;
people who lie [MTY];
people [SYN] who kill others [SYN] who have done nothing wrong;
18 people who plan to do evil deeds;
people [SYN] who run quickly to do wrong things;
19 people who easily tell lies in court;
and people who cause strife between family members.
More warnings about adultery
20 My son, obey my commands,
and do not ignore what your mother has taught you.
21 Remember the things that we have said.
Those things should be like a beautiful necklace around your neck.
22 If you follow our advice, it will be as though what we have taught you [PRS] will lead you, wherever you go.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
And when you wake up in the morning, they will teach/instruct you.
23 These commands and what we teach you will be like a lamp to light your path [MET].
When we rebuke you and correct/punish you,
we will be showing you the road to having a good life.
24 Heeding [PRS] these commands and things that we have taught you will enable you to keep away from immoral women
and from listening to the enticing words of an adulterous woman.
25 Even if such a woman is beautiful and has lovely eyes, do not desire to go with her.
Do not let her persuade you to go with her ◄with her eyes/by the way she looks at you►.
26 Do not forget that you can hire a prostitute for only a loaf of bread,
but if you sleep with another man’s wife, ◄it may cost you/you may lose► your life.
27 Can you carry hot coals in your pocket and not be burned [RHQ]?
28 Can you walk on burning coals and not scorch/burn your feet?
29 No! And in the same way, anyone who ◄sleeps with/has sex with► another man’s wife will suffer for doing that.
He will certainly [LIT] be punished severely.
30 We do not despise a thief if he steals some food because he is very hungry.
31 But if he steals something and then is caught by the police,
he will have to pay back ◄seven times as much as/much more than► he stole.
He may need to sell everything that is in his house to get enough money to pay it back.
32 But a man who commits adultery with some woman is very foolish,
because he is destroying his own self/soul by what he is doing.
33 That woman’s husband will wound him badly,
and other people will despise him.
His shame will never end.
34 Because that woman’s husband will ◄be jealous/not want anyone else to sleep with her►, he will become furious,
and when he gets revenge, he will not act mercifully toward the man who slept with his wife.
35 And he will not accept any bribe/money, even if it is a big bribe, to ◄appease him/cause him to stop being angry►.