Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3For the lips of a 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.4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol;
6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.6she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,8Keep your way far from her, and 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 give your honor to others and your years to the merciless,
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,11and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed,
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12and you 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 instructors.
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.”
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.
18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.18Let your fountain be blessed, and 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 lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
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 he ponders 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 the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.
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