Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen closely to my understanding
2That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.2so that you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.
3For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;3Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words are smoother than oil,
4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.4in the end she's as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.5Her feet go down to death; her steps head straight for Sheol.
6Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.6She doesn't consider the path of life; she doesn't know that her ways are unstable.
7Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.7So now, sons, listen to me, and don't turn away from the words from my mouth.
8Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,8Keep your way far from her. Don't go near the door of her house.
9Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;9Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others and your years to someone cruel;
10Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;10strangers will drain your resources, and your hard-earned pay will end up in a foreigner's house.
11And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,11At the end of your life, you will lament when your physical body has been consumed,
12And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!12and you will say, "How I hated discipline, and how my heart despised correction.
13I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!13I didn't obey my teachers or listen closely to my instructors.
14I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”14I am on the verge of complete ruin before the entire community."
15Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.
16Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?16Should your springs flow in the streets, streams in the public squares?
17Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.17They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.
18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.18Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.
19As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.19A loving deer, a graceful doe--let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.
20For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?20Why, my son, would you lose yourself with a forbidden woman or embrace a wayward woman?
21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.21For a man's ways are before the LORD's eyes, and he considers all his paths.
22His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.22A wicked man's iniquities will trap him; he will become tangled in the ropes of his own sin.
23He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.23He will die because there is no discipline, and be lost because of his great stupidity.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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