Proverbs Chapter Five

1: My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

2: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

3: For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

4: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

5: Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

6: Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

7: :Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8: Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

9: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

10: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

11: And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

12: And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

13: And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

14: I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

15: Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

16: Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

17: Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.

18: Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

19: Let 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.

20: And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

21: For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

22: His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

23: He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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