Proverbs 6: Practical Advice

Why is our commitment more important for us than it is for those who fail to pay?

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Proverbs 6:1–4 My child, if you have promised to pay a debt that your neighbor fails to pay, if you have shaken hands in agreement with a stranger, you are bound by your words to fulfill your commitment.
To be free, my child, beg your neighbor to pay the debt. Don’t procrastinate, but do it now, before you go to sleep.
King James
Proverbs 6:1–4 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

How can people who are bound be expected to free themselves?

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Proverbs 6:5 Free yourself like the deer that has escaped the hunter, like a bird outside its cage.
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Proverbs 6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

What do ants do that people don’t do?

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Proverbs 6:6–8 If you’re lazy, gain wisdom by considering what the ants do without being told. They store up their food in the summer, gathering during the harvest.
Micah 6:8 No, God has shown you what is right and what he requires, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in obedience to him.
Matthew 11:15 If you have ears, pay attention to what I am saying.
King James
Proverbs 6:6–8 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Why are some people lazy?

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Proverbs 6:9–11 Don’t just lie there, doing nothing. Rise from your sleep and get to work. With too much sleep, dozing off, and kicking back to relax, poverty will sneak in like a thief and leave you looking like you’ve been robbed.
King James
Proverbs 6:9–11 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

What is the difference between being lazy and being a workaholic?

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Proverbs 6:9–11 Don’t just lie there, doing nothing. Rise from your sleep and get to work. With too much sleep, dozing off, and kicking back to relax, poverty will sneak in like a thief and leave you looking like you’ve been robbed.
King James
Proverbs 6:9–11 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

What constitutes a “lie”?

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Proverbs 6:12–13 Worthless, troublesome people walk a crooked path of lying, with deceptive winking, shuffling feet, and finger pointing.
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Proverbs 6:12–13 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

Is there ever a time when it is good to tell a lie? Why?

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2 Chronicles 18:19–21 God said, “Who can deceive Ahab, king of Israel, so he will go to battle and be killed at Ramoth Gilead?
Several suggestions were offered.
One spirit said, “I can do it.”
And God said, “How?”
“I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of his prophets,” he said.
“You will be successful,” God said. “Go.”
Proverbs 6:12–13 Worthless, troublesome people walk a crooked path of lying, with deceptive winking, shuffling feet, and finger pointing.
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2 Chronicles 18:19–21 And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead?
And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him.
And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?
And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.
And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
Proverbs 6:12–13 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

Why do some people look for ways to stir up trouble?

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Proverbs 6:14 With perverse hearts, they look for ways to stir up trouble.
Micah 2:1 Woe to those with wicked thoughts, who lie upon their beds at night planning their evil ways. At dawn, they will put their plans into action because they can.
King James
Proverbs 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

If disaster is certain, why do people stir up trouble?

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Proverbs 6:15 Disaster will come upon them suddenly, and they will be left without hope.
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Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

What does God hate more than anything else? Why?

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Proverbs 6:16–19 The Lord hates seven things, including one that is detestable: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that commit murder, a wicked, scheming heart, feet that quickly run to evil, and one who gives false testimony. Then there are those who love to stir up strife among friends.
King James
Proverbs 6:16–19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

What is the root of all evil? By what means is that root severed??

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Proverbs 6:16–19 The Lord hates seven things, including one that is detestable: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that commit murder, a wicked, scheming heart, feet that quickly run to evil, and one who gives false testimony. Then there are those who love to stir up strife among friends.
King James
Proverbs 6:16–19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Why might some people hesitate in doing what is right?

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Proverbs 6:20 My child, be quick to do what your father asks and take to heart your mother’s teaching.
King James
Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

How do we keep God’s words topmost on our minds?

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Proverbs 6:21 Always keep their God-given words in mind as if you had them tied around your neck.
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Proverbs 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

What distinguishes “sound advice” from other kinds of instruction?

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Proverbs 6:22 Wherever you go, sound advice will guide you. When you are asleep, those words will watch over you as you dream. When you wake up, they will be on your mind and will speak to you.
King James
Proverbs 6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

What can keep the Lord’s words from lighting our path?

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Proverbs 6:23–25 Direction from the Lord is like a lamp, his words lighting our path to life with instruction and correction, protecting you from prostitutes and their seductive words.
Don’t let someone’s beauty or captivating look stir lust in your heart.
King James
Proverbs 6:23–25 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

What makes an adulterous relationship life-threatening?

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Proverbs 6:26–29 A prostitute might sleep with you for a free dinner, but an adulterous relationship can cost you your life.
Can people carry fire against their body without getting burned? Can they walk on hot coals without burning their feet? So it is with sexual relations outside marriage. There will be costly consequences.
Proverbs 6:32–35 Those who engage in an adulterous relationship are insane, because they destroy themselves. The suffering, guilt, and disgrace will never go away.
A jealous spouse is sure to take revenge for being wronged, showing no mercy, unwilling to be paid off, no matter how great the offer.
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Proverbs 6:26–29 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? He that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
Proverbs 6:32–35 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

What is the probability that a criminal will be caught?

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Proverbs 6:30–31 That starving people will steal bread comes as no surprise, but when caught they will pay back seven times the value of what was stolen. They will lose everything.
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Proverbs 6:30–31 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.