||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 5 [Commentary] |
||My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
||That you may observe discretion
And your lips may reserve knowledge.
||For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
||But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
||Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
||She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
||Now then, my sons, listen to me
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
||Keep your way far from her
And do not go near the door of her house,
||Or you will give your vigor to others
And your years to the cruel one;
||And strangers will be filled with your strength
And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
||And you groan at your final end,
When your flesh and your body are consumed;
||And you say, "How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof!
||"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
||"I was almost in utter ruin
In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
||Drink water from your own cistern
And fresh water from your own well.
||Should your springs be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
||Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
||Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
||As a loving hind and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
Be exhilarated always with her love.
||For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress
And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
||For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He watches all his paths.
||His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
||He will die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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