Proverbs 5
International Standard VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
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 take hold of 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 are unstable, she does not know it.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7Now then, my 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; 9Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,11And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14"I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17Let them be yours 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.19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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