Proverbs 5:18
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English Standard Version
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

King James Bible
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

American Standard Version
Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thy vein be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth:

English Revised Version
Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Proverbs 5:18 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet now tells those whom he warns to hear how the voluptuary, looking back on his life-course, passes sentence against himself.

12 And thou sayest, "Why have I then hated correction,

     And my heart despised instruction!

13 And I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,

     Nor lent mine ear to my instructors?

14 I had almost fallen into every vice

     In the midst of the assembly and the congregation!"

The question 12a (here more an exclamation than a question) is the combination of two: How has it become possible for me? How could it ever come to it that.... Thus also one says in Arab.: Kyf f'alat hadhâ (Fl.). The regimen of איך in 12b is becoming faint, and in 13b has disappeared. The Kal נאץ (as Proverbs 1:30; Proverbs 15:5) signifies to despise; the Piel intensively, to contemn and reject (R. נץ, pungere).

Proverbs 5:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

rejoice

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life of your vanity, which he has given you under the sun...

Malachi 2:14,15 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 24:5
"When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.

Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?

Proverbs 5:17
Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

Proverbs 9:17
"Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

Ecclesiastes 9:9
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

Song of Solomon 4:12
A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed.

Song of Solomon 4:15
a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon.

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