1. If you make a pledge on behalf of your companion, you will be surrendering your hand to foreigners,
2. You shall be captured by the statements of your mouth and caught by the words from your lips.
3. Do like this then, my son, and be delivered, because you fell into the hands of your enemies on account* of your companion, this you must do as you have committed* yourself on behalf of your companion.
4. Do not allow your eyes any sleep, nor your eyebrows any naps.
5. So you may be delivered like the gazelle from the snare and like a sparrow from the trap.
6. Imitate the ant and see its ways, and learn that it has no reaper,
7. And there is no ruler above her, nor anyone that might tax her.
8. And [the ant] takes advantage of the heat in the summer and stores her food in the harvest season.
9. How long are you going to sleep, O negligent one; when are you going to wake up from your sleep?
10. [Therefore] nap less, and sleep less, and place your hand on your chest* less.
11. And poverty shall come upon you, and you shall grow accustomed to madness, like a successful man [who becomes] a fool.
12. The abominable man walks in licentiousness.*
13. He beckons with his eyes,* pushes* with his feet, and gesticulates with his fingers;
14. And he renegs in his heart, and concocts evil in every season, and disrupts the house of another.*
15. Because of that his fall shall come out of the calm,* and out of the calm he shall be broken, and there will be healing for him.
16. There are six things that Maryah hates, and the seventh results in the loss of one's own self esteem;*
17. A haughty eye, a lying tongue, and the hands that shed innocent blood; 18. And a heart that contemplates deception,* and a foot that rushes* toward evil;
19. And a false witness who speaks lies, and [lastly the one] who ruins the house of his brethren.
20. Guard, my son, the Commandment of your father, and do not lose the Law of your mother.
21. Keep them in your heart always, and tie them around your neck.
22. And when you walk, hold fast to them, and they shall be with you; guard them so as they may guard you, and when you awaken, they shall be your reflection.
23. For the Commandment is that light,* and the Law is the radiance; the path to Life* is, however, the rebuke of civilization.*
24. To guard you from the evil wife, and from the devil of a foreign woman.
25. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, do not be trapped by her eyes, and do not praise her eyelashes.
26. For the appearance of the prostitute woman is like that piece of bread, but* the woman who seeks a husband plays hard to get.
27. Why, then, does a human being consecrate the fire into his own bosom, yet* his clothes do not catch fire?
28. Or, why, does a man who walks on the embers of the fire, yet* his feet do not get singed?
29. Therefore, whoever enters upon the wife of his friend, and approaches* her, does not win.
30. The one who steals does not wonder if he is being a thief, for the one who steals is only doing it to satisfy his own hunger.
31. And if the thief is caught, he shall pay seven to one, and he shall pay with all the earnings of his household.
32. Whoever fornicates with a woman is lacking in conscience and is acting crazy.*
33. And this that he does brings dishonor and disgrace and its damage does not dissipate.
34. For the wrath of a man -- because it is full of jealousy -- will not be expiated on the day of retribution.
35. And he will not be satisfied in the face of remorse, and he shall not accept an increase in restitution.
*6:4.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Faces."
*6:4.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pledged."
*6:10 NB! Apologetic gesture -- false humility.
*6:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Forward," "romancer," or "womanizer."
*6:13.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Winking," or "Making suggestive gestures."
*6:13.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Strikes."
*6:14 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "His neighbor."
*6:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "From stillness his brokenness," or "suddenly his ruin will come."
*6:16 Lit. Ar. id.: "Denigrates itself."
*6:18.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Premeditate fraud."
*6:18.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Rushes to run."
*6:23.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lamp."
*6:23.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Lives," or "Eternal Life."
*6:23.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Chiding of instruction."
*6:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*6:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*6:29 Lit. Ar. id.: "Makes a pass at her."
*6:32 Lit. Ar. id.: "Brings depravity onto oneself."
Proverbs 7 | Aramaic bible Index