Proverbs 5
International Standard VersionNew Living Translation
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.2Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.3For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, 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 in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-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.6For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying. 7So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say:
8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,8Stay away 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; 9If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 10Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,11In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.
12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!12You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.13Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."14I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”
15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.15Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.
16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?16Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.17You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.
18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.18Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. 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.19She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.
20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?20Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.21For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.22An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.23He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
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