Proverbs 5

Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil1

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

pay close attention3 to my understanding,

5:2 in order to safeguard4 discretion,5

and that your lips may guard knowledge.

5:3 For the lips6 of the adulterous woman drip honey,

and her seductive words7 are smoother than olive oil,

5:4 but in the end8 she is bitter9 as wormwood,10

sharp as a two-edged11 sword.

5:5 Her feet go down to death;

her steps lead straight to the grave.12

5:6 Lest13 she should make level the path leading to life,14

her paths are unstable15 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 yourself19 far20 from her,

and do not go near the door of her house,

5:9 lest you give your vigor21 to others

and your years to a cruel person,

5:10 lest strangers devour22 your strength,23

and your labor24 benefit25 another man’s house.

5:11 And at the end of your life26 you will groan27

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 For29 I did not obey my teachers30

and I did not heed31 my instructors.32

5:14 I almost33 came to complete ruin34

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 dispersed37 outside,

your streams of water in the wide plazas?

5:17 Let them be for yourself38 alone,

and not for strangers with you.39

5:18 May your fountain be blessed,40

and may you rejoice41 in your young wife42

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

may her breasts satisfy you at all times,

may you be captivated44 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 person47 are in front of the Lord’s eyes,

and the Lord48 weighs49 all that person’s50 paths.

5:22 The wicked51 will be captured by his52 own iniquities,53

and he will be held54 by the cords of his own sin.55

5:23 He will die because56 there was no discipline;

because of the greatness of his folly57 he will reel.58

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