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Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:1  
My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding,

Proverbs 5:2  
that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.

Proverbs 5:3  
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,

Proverbs 5:4  
but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Proverbs 5:5  
Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.

Proverbs 5:6  
She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.

Proverbs 5:7  
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 5:8  
Remove your way far from her. Don’t come near the door of her house,

Proverbs 5:9  
lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;

Proverbs 5:10  
lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man’s house.

Proverbs 5:11  
You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed,

Proverbs 5:12  
and say, “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof.

Proverbs 5:13  
I haven’t obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!

Proverbs 5:14  
I have come to the brink of utter ruin, among the gathered assembly.”

Proverbs 5:15  
Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.

Proverbs 5:16  
Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:17  
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

Proverbs 5:18  
Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Proverbs 5:19  
A loving doe and a graceful deer— let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.

Proverbs 5:20  
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?

Proverbs 5:21  
For the ways of man are before Yahweh’s eyes. He examines all his paths.

Proverbs 5:22  
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.

Proverbs 5:23  
He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.


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