Proverbs 5
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,1My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.2That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve 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 smoother than oil is her speech;
4but in the end she is bitter as gall, 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 straight to the grave.5Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.6She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
7Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.7Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,8Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
9lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,9Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
10lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.10And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
11At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.11And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!12And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
13I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.13"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
14And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God's people."14"I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and 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 be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.17Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in 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.19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
20Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
22The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.22His own iniquities will capture the wicked, 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 instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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