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; listen closely to my understanding
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2so that you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard 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 words are 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's as bitter as wormwood and as 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 head straight for Sheol.
6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.6She doesn't consider the path of life; she doesn't 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 don't turn away 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. Don't go near the door of her house.
9so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years; 9Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others and your years to someone cruel;
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10strangers will drain your resources, and your earnings will end up in a foreigner's house.
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 lament when your physical body has been consumed,
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12and you will say, "How I hated discipline, and how my heart despised correction.
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13I didn't obey my teachers or listen closely to my mentors.
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I am on the verge of complete ruin before the entire community."
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Should your springs flow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.
18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.18Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure 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-- let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast 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 LORD's eyes, and He considers all his paths.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22A wicked man's iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He will die because there is no discipline, and be lost because of his great stupidity.
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