Proverbs 5:9
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New International Version
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,

King James Bible
Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

Darby Bible Translation
lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel;

World English Bible
lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;

Young's Literal Translation
Lest thou give to others thy honour, And thy years to the fierce,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lest thou give thine honor - The character of a debauchee is universally detested: by this, even those of noble blood lose their honor and respect.

Thy years unto the cruel - Though all the blandishments of love dwell on the tongue, and the excess of fondness appear in the whole demeanor of the harlot and the prostitute; yet cruelty has its throne in their hearts; and they will rob and murder (when it appears to answer their ends) those who give their strength, their wealth, and their years to them. The unfaithful wife has often murdered her own husband for the sake of her paramour, and has given him over to justice in order to save herself. Murders have often taken place in brothels, as well as robberies; for the vice of prostitution is one of the parents of cruelty.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 6:29-35 So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent...

Genesis 38:23-26 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her...

Judges 16:19-21 And she made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head...

Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God...

Hosea 4:13,14 They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains, and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms...

Library
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

Proverbs
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
Proverbs 5:8
Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,

Proverbs 5:10
lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.

Proverbs 6:26
For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man's wife preys on your very life.

Proverbs 31:3
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.

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