Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,
2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.2so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.
3For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.
4but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.4But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol.
6She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.6You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.
7Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.7Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying.
8Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,8Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,
9lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,9so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years;
10lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.10so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners.
11At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.11You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,
12You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!12and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!
13I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.13I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.
14And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God's people."14Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."
15Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.
16Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?16Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?
17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.17They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.
18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.18Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.
19A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.19Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love.
20Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?20Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?
21For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.21Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.
22The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.22The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.23He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.
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