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Solomon’s proverbs: Proverbs 5−7

Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and collected other wise sayings: some made it into the book of Proverbs. These chapters are from the introductory section.

We already know it’s a bad idea to make a foolish vows. They can force you into bondage (if you try to keep them), or into sin (if you can’t).

A good solution is to plead with your neighbour to release you:

6:1-5 My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbour,
if you have bound yourself to another,
you are snared by the utterance of your lips,
caught by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my child, and save yourself,
for you have come into your neighbour’s power:
go, hurry, and plead with your neighbour.
Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

And not to put it off. Do it now:

6:6-11Go to the ant, you lazybones;
consider its ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief
or officer or ruler,
it prepares its food in summer,
and gathers its sustenance in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O lazybones?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want, like an armed warrior.