Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my insight,
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil,
4But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword.4in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to Sheol.
6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.6She does not consider the path of life; she does not know that her ways are unstable.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7So now, my sons, listen to me, and do not turn aside from the words of my mouth.
8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,8Keep your path far from her; do not go near the door of her house,
9so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years; 9lest you concede your vigor to others, and your years to one who is cruel;
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich the house of a foreigner.
11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,11At the end of your life you will groan when your flesh and your body are spent,
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12and you will say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my mentors.
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I am on the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.”
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:
19Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love.19A loving doe, a graceful fawn—may her breasts satisfy you always; may you be captivated by her love forever.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, or embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and the LORD examines all his paths.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22The iniquities of a wicked man entrap him; the cords of his sin entangle him.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He dies for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.
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