1 My son, if you become surety for your friend,
If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
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.
4 Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
The Folly of Indolence
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleepâ€”
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
The Wicked Man
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes,
He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
He devises evil continually,
He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Beware of Adultery
20 My son, keep your fatherâ€™s command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you roam, they will lead you;
When you sleep, they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
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.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighborâ€™s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is a husbandâ€™s fury;
Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.
Today as I read Proverbs 6 there were a couple of verses that stood out to me. Verses 20-22.
My son keep your father’s commands and do not forsake the law of your mother.Â Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.Â When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.
Reading this should help me to understand that I am to keep words of wisdom close to my heart and on my mind, always.Â The commands my father and the law of my mother are to be constant companions to me which help me to walk upright and live a righteous life.
I think of what its like raising children.Â My husband and I tell our children that it is our responsibility to educate, train, and discipline them so that when they become adults they will be responsible people who do what is right.Â It is my hope that our words and instructions would echo in their hearts and guide them as adults.
It isn’t always easy, but I must get the word of God in my heart and keep it very close; that I may be led by the Spirit of the Almighty God.
How do I keep the Word in my heart and bind it around my neck?
- Take the time to read the word and pray daily
- Meditate on the word and keep it in my thoughts
I believe that knowing that the word shall keep me, will help me toÂ keep it in high regard and of great importance.
Now these are things that I should already know and I do…but at times the cares of this life become overwhelming and I forget, how important it is to remain in the word of God.Â For it is the word that keeps me and it is vital to my very existence. When I forget to apply what the word says to my life, things feel unbearable and life becomes very hard.
I choose to remember the words that God has spoken over me…that I have a future and a hope…there are plan, great plans that He has for me.Â Yet, it is up to me to make sure that I remain in his will.Â I choose to apply what the word says to my life…that I may be kept by that very word.
I encourage you to take the time and think about this and see if you are applying the word to your life.Â Are there things that you can do to keep the word in your heart and on your mind daily?
Be encouraged today.Â Know that God loves you and has great plans for you, but you must line up with His will for your life.Â Stay focused and remember, you are a child of the King.