Proverbs 5:7
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New International Version
Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.

King James Bible
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, children, hearken unto me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

World English Bible
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, ye sons, hearken to me, And turn not from sayings of my mouth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hear me - O ye children - בנים banim, sons, young men in general: for these are the most likely to be deceived and led astray.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 4:1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 8:32-36 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways...

Proverbs 22:17-21 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

and depart

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the middle of your heart.

The Cords of Sin
'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
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sinners Bound with the Cords of Sin
The first sentence of the text also may have reference to an arrest by an officer of law. The transgressor's own sins shall take him, shall seize him; they bear a warrant for arresting him, they shall judge him, they shall even execute him. Sin, which at the first bringeth to man a specious pleasure, ere long turneth into bitterness, remorse, and fear. Sin is a dragon, with eyes like stars, but it carrieth a deadly sting in its tail. The cup of sin, with rainbow bubbles on its brim, is black with
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 16: 1870

Second Great Group of Parables.
(Probably in Peræa.) Subdivision F. Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. ^C Luke XVI. 19-31. [The parable we are about to study is a direct advance upon the thoughts in the previous section. We may say generally that if the parable of the unjust steward teaches how riches are to be used, this parable sets forth the terrible consequences of a failure to so use them. Each point of the previous discourse is covered in detail, as will be shown by the references in the discussion of the parable.]
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 119:102
I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.

Proverbs 7:24
Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.

Proverbs 8:32
"Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.

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