World English Bible
Proverbs, Chapter 5

   1: My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:
   2: That you may maintain discretion, That your lips may preserve knowledge.
   3: For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
   4: But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, And as sharp as a two-edged sword.
   5: Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.
   6: She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn't know it.
   7: Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth.
   8: Remove your way far from her. Don't come near the door of her house,
   9: Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;
   10: Lest strangers feast on your wealth, And your labors enrich another man's house.
   11: You will groan at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
   12: And say, "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof;
   13: Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!
   14: I have come to the brink of utter ruin, In the midst of the gathered assembly."
   15: Drink water out of your own cistern, Running water out of your own well.
   16: Should your springs overflow in the streets, Streams of water in the public squares?
   17: Let them be for yourself alone, Not for strangers with you.
   18: Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
   19: A loving hind and a pleasant doe -- Let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.
   20: For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?
   21: For the ways of man are before the eyes of Yahweh. He examines all his paths.
   22: The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.
   23: He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.

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