Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3For the lips of the adulterous woman 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 bitter as gall, 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 straight to the grave.5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.11And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God's people."14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.15Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?16Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.18Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with 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, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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