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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 6

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1 My sonne, if thou be surety for thy neighbour, and hast striken hands with the stranger,

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2 Thou art snared with the wordes of thy mouth: thou art euen taken with the woordes of thine owne mouth.

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3 Doe this nowe, my sonne, and deliuer thy selfe: seeing thou art come into the hande of thy neighbour, goe, and humble thy selfe, and sollicite thy friends.

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4 Giue no sleepe to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

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5 Deliuer thy selfe as a doe from the hande of the hunter, and as a birde from the hande of the fouler.

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6 Goe to the pismire, O sluggarde: beholde her waies, and be wise.

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7 For shee hauing no guide, gouernour, nor ruler,

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8 Prepareth her meat in the sommer, and gathereth her foode in haruest.

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9 Howe long wilt thou sleepe, O sluggarde? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleepe?

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10 Yet a litle sleepe, a litle slumber, a litle folding of the hands to sleepe.

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11 Therefore thy pouertie commeth as one that trauaileth by the way, and thy necessitie like an armed man.

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12 The vnthriftie man and the wicked man walketh with a froward mouth.

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13 He maketh a signe with his eyes: he signifieth with his feete: he instructeth with his fingers.

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14 Lewde things are in his heart: he imagineth euill at all times, and raiseth vp contentions.

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15 Therefore shall his destruction come speedily: hee shall be destroyed suddenly without recouerie.

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16 These sixe things doeth the Lord hate: yea, his soule abhorreth seuen:

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17 The hautie eyes, a lying tongue, and the hands that shed innocent blood,

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18 An heart that imagineth wicked enterprises, feete that be swift in running to mischiefe,

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19 A false witnesse that speaketh lyes, and him that rayseth vp contentions among brethren.

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20 My sonne, keepe thy fathers commandement, and forsake not thy mothers instruction.

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21 Binde them alway vpon thine heart, and tye them about thy necke.

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22 It shall leade thee, when thou walkest: it shall watch for thee, when thou sleepest, and when thou wakest, it shall talke with thee.

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23 For the commandement is a lanterne, and instruction a light: and corrections for instruction are the way of life,

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24 To keepe thee from the wicked woman, and from ye flatterie of ye tongue of a strange woman.

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25 Desire not her beautie in thine heart, neither let her take thee with her eye lids.

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26 For because of the whorish woman a man is brought to a morsell of bread, and a woman wil hunt for the precious life of a man.

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27 Can a man take fire in his bosome, and his clothes not be burnt?

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28 Or can a man go vpon coales, and his feete not be burnt?

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29 So he that goeth in to his neighbours wife, shall not be innocent, whosoeuer toucheth her.

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30 Men do not despise a thiefe, when he stealeth, to satisfie his soule, because he is hungrie.

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31 But if he be founde, he shall restore seuen folde, or he shall giue all the substance of his house.

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32 But he that committeth adulterie with a woman, he is destitute of vnderstanding: he that doeth it, destroyeth his owne soule.

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33 He shall finde a wounde and dishonour, and his reproch shall neuer be put away.

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34 For ielousie is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

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35 He cannot beare the sight of any raunsome: neither will he consent, though thou augment the giftes.

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