Proverbs 5
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth 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 wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8Remove your way far from her, And 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 give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,11And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.15Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?16Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.18Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured 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.
20For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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