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Withdraw from an Unwise Commitment without Delay
Proverbs 6:4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 Give no sleep to your eyes
nor slumber to your eyelids;
Give no sleep to your eyes: This is a figurative expression that means the resolve and importance of getting free from this commitment spoken of in verses 1-3 quickly. This should be done without delay. It is far better to leave an unwise commitment when necessary than to be trapped by it.
Nor slumber to your eyelids: Line two here is repeating line one in a more poetic form. It is better to withdraw from an unwise commitment when it is still possible than to be entrapped by it. The Hebrew noun (תְּנוּמָה tenumah) rendered slumber means an emphasis on inactivity, which implies laziness in some contexts – Job 33:15; Ps 132:4; Prov. 6:4, 10; 24:33.
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