Proverbs 5
New King James VersionNew Living Translation
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.2Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;3For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.4But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous 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 lead straight to the grave.
6Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.6For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.7So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say:
8Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,8Stay away 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;9If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;10Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,11In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.
12And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!12You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!13Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”14I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”
15Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.15Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.
16Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?16Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
17Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.17You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.
18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.18Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice 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.19She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.
20For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?20Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.21For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
22His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.22An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.23He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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