Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My child, be attentive to my wisdom, pay close attention to my understanding,
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2in order to safeguard discretion, and that your lips may guard knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her seductive words are smoother than olive 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 lead straight to the grave.
6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.6Lest she should make level the path leading to life, her paths are unstable but she does not know it.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7So now, children, listen to me; do not turn aside from the words I speak.
8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,8Keep yourself 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 vigor to others and your years to a cruel person,
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10lest strangers devour your strength, and your labor benefit another man's house.
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 will groan when your flesh and your body are wasted away.
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12And you will say, "How I hated discipline! My heart spurned reproof!
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13For I did not obey my teachers and I did not heed my instructors.
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I almost came to complete ruin in the midst of the whole congregation!"
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?16Should your springs be dispersed outside, your streams of water in the wide plazas?
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.18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in your young wife--
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 deer; may her breasts satisfy you at all times, may you be captivated by her love always.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20But why should you be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a different woman?
21Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.21For the ways of a person are in front of the LORD's eyes, and the LORD weighs all that person's paths.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities, and he will be held by the cords 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 was no discipline; because of the greatness of his folly he will reel.
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