Verse 1 – My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
Verse 2 – You are snared by the words of your own mouth; you are taken by the words of your own mouth.
Verse 3 – So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend; go and humble yourself; plead with your friend.
Verse 4 – Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
Verse 5 – Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
These verses are not talking about generosity, but overextending resources to ill responsible people. We are to maintain a balance between generosity and stewardship. We are not to be stingy, but be cautious when giving or loaning to those we don’t know.
Verse 6 – Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
verse 7 – Which having no captain or overseer or ruler,
Verse 8 – Provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
Verse 9 – How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
Verse 10 – A little sleep, a little slumber, and a little folding of the hands to sleep –
Verse 11 – So shall your poverty come on you like a robber, and your need like an armed man.
In 1990 the ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted by congress and is a wide-range civil rights law. Does it get abused? Yes. People stop working for all kinds of reasons. I’m not talking about the ones who have legitimate disabilities. I’m talking about, and so are these verses, who can work and have found a loop-hole that gives them a government check.
That may sound mean but the Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – …If anyone will not (doesn’t say cannot) work, neither shall he eat. Not all but most of the time they won’t do anything to improve their health in order to get back to being able to work. A little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your poverty come on you like a robber.
Verse 12 – A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth;
Verse 13 – He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers’
Verse 14 – Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.
Verse 15 – Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
The Hebrew word “Beliyya’al, which means worthless, identifies a troublemaker who rebels against all good and godly authority. It is translated, “perverted.” To stir up trouble, is to spread dissension and strife. I’ve known people like this and it’s true what the scripture says; suddenly destruction comes upon them.
Verse 16 – These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
verse 17 – A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
Verse 18 – A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,
Verse 19 – A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
That proud look comes from someone who denies God’s authority. Giving false witness about someone, stretching the truth, or leaving out certain attributes, is deception – plain and simple lying. People like to assassinate others character because they think it makes them look better. Not so, it makes the person saying those things just look mean.
Verse 20 – My son, keep your fathers command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
Verse 21 – Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.
Verse 22 – When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.
Verse 23 – For the commandments is a lamp, and the law is a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
Often, in our society of today, there are not two parents in the home to guide their children. If the children don’t find the right teaching from parents, they will find it out on the street. The father of the home was designed to be the head of the household, guided by God, to teach his children which way to go. But because the father is absent so many times, we have a generation of out of control, bound for prison people. Too many lose their lives before reaching the age of 25 from lawless behavior because they were never taught God’s way of principles.
Verse 24 – To keep you from the evil woman, from flattering tongue of a seductress.
Verse 25 – Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
Verse 26 – For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
Verse 27 – Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Verse 28 – Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared?
Verse 29 – So is he who goes in to a neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
When people commit adultery, they think they are not affecting or hurting anyone else. The truth is, someone always gets hurt. Adultery is a selfish act that shows no self-control. It may start out in secret, but does not end that way!
Verse 30 – People do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
Verse 31 – Yet when he is found, he must restore seven-fold; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.
Do you think that we would have less stealing going on if it was the law of “restitution,” that the thief would have to pay back 7 times what they stole? What if every person caught stealing had to pay this type of restoration to whom they stole from? I don’t believe they would steal but once!
Verse 32 – Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul.
Verse 33 – Wounds and dishonor he will get and his reproach will not be wiped away.
Verse 34 – For jealousy is a husbands; furry; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Verse 35 – He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.