1 My son, if thou be surety for thy neighbor, and hast stricken hands with the stranger,
2 Thou art [a]snared with the words of thy mouth: thou art even taken with the words of thine own mouth.
3 Do this now, my Son, and deliver thyself: seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor, go, and humble thyself, and solicit thy friends.
4 Give no sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a Doe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 ¶ Go to [b]the pismire, O sluggard: behold her ways, and be wise.
7 For she having no guide, governor, nor ruler,