New International Version
Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
King James Bible
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
Darby Bible Translation
And why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
World English Bible
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?
Young's Literal Translation
And why dost thou magnify thyself, My son, with a stranger? And embrace the bosom of a strange woman?
Proverbs 5:20 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The loving hind and pleasant roe - By אילת aiyeleth, the deer; by יעלה yaalah, the ibex or mountain goat, may be meant.
Let her breasts satisfy thee - As the infant is satisfied with the breasts of its mother; so shouldst thou be with the wife of thy youth.
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'His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.'--PROVERBS v. 22. In Hosea's tender picture of the divine training of Israel which, alas! failed of its effect, we read, 'I drew them with cords of a man,' which is further explained as being 'with bands of love.' The metaphor in the prophet's mind is probably that of a child being 'taught to go' and upheld in its first tottering steps by leading-strings. God drew Israel, though Israel did not yield …
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Sinners Bound with the Cords of Sin
Second Great Group of Parables.
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
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