In chapter 6, King Solomon focused his attention on two warnings to his readers — first, avoid folly (specifically by making vows for friends and by being a sluggard). Secondly, he continued his earlier warnings about avoiding adultery. This chapter also features the first set of “Six things…no, seven,” a common theme that reappears throughout the Bible to show completeness. Typically, when an author takes the time to write the verse in this style, it’s the equivalent of a teacher repeating a fact three times in a row — you can bet it’s going to be on the test!
Verse 6: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
Verses 10-11: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”
Verses 16-19: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”