Bible: Proverbs 5

Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil 1 

5:1 My child, 2  be attentive to my wisdom,

pay close attention 3  to my understanding,

5:2 in order to safeguard 4  discretion, 5 

and that your lips may guard knowledge.

5:3 For the lips 6  of the adulterous woman drip honey,

and her seductive words 7  are smoother than olive oil,

5:4 but in the end 8  she is bitter 9  as wormwood, 10 

sharp as a two-edged 11  sword.

5:5 Her feet go down to death;

her steps lead straight to the grave. 12 

5:6 Lest 13  she should make level the path leading to life, 14 

her paths are unstable 15  but she does not know it. 16 

5:7 So now, children, 17  listen to me;

do not turn aside from the words I speak. 18 

5:8 Keep yourself 19  far 20  from her,

and do not go near the door of her house,

5:9 lest you give your vigor 21  to others

and your years to a cruel person,

5:10 lest strangers devour 22  your strength, 23 

and your labor 24  benefit 25  another man’s house.

5:11 And at the end of your life 26  you will groan 27 

when your flesh and your body are wasted away. 28 

5:12 And you will say, “How I hated discipline!

My heart spurned reproof!

5:13 For 29  I did not obey my teachers 30 

and I did not heed 31  my instructors. 32 

5:14 I almost 33  came to complete ruin 34 

in the midst of the whole congregation! 35 

5:15 Drink water from your own cistern

and running water from your own well. 36 

5:16 Should your springs be dispersed 37  outside,

your streams of water in the wide plazas?

5:17 Let them be for yourself 38  alone,

and not for strangers with you. 39 

5:18 May your fountain be blessed, 40 

and may you rejoice 41  in your young wife 42 

5:19 a loving doe, 43  a graceful deer;

may her breasts satisfy you at all times,

may you be captivated 44  by her love always.

5:20 But why should you be captivated, 45  my son, by an adulteress,

and embrace the bosom of a different woman? 46 

5:21 For the ways of a person 47  are in front of the Lord’s eyes,

and the Lord 48  weighs 49  all that person’s 50  paths.

5:22 The wicked 51  will be captured by his 52  own iniquities, 53 

and he will be held 54  by the cords of his own sin. 55 

5:23 He will die because 56  there was no discipline;

because of the greatness of his folly 57  he will reel. 58 

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