Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword.4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years; 9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,11And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.18Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love.19Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and 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 the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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