Proverbs 5:17
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New International Version
Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

New Living Translation
You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.

English Standard Version
Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

Berean Study Bible
Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

New American Standard Bible
Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.

King James Bible
Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

Christian Standard Bible
They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.

Contemporary English Version
Save yourself for your wife and don't have sex with other women.

Good News Translation
Your children should grow up to help you, not strangers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.

International Standard Version
They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.

NET Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

New Heart English Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let them be to you alone, and let not estranged males be sexual partners with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They should be yours alone, so do not share them with strangers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them be only thine own, And not strangers' with thee.

New American Standard 1977
Let them be yours alone, And not for strangers with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them be only thine own and not for strangers with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them be only for your own, and not for strangers with you.

American King James Version
Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.

American Standard Version
Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers with thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

English Revised Version
Let them be for thyself alone, and not for strangers with thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them be only thy own, and not for strangers with thee.

World English Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

Young's Literal Translation
Let them be to thee for thyself, And not to strangers with thee.
Study Bible
Avoiding Immorality
16Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? 17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. 18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:…
Cross References
Proverbs 5:16
Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:18
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:

Treasury of Scripture

Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.

(17) Let them be only thine own.--The deepest joys and sorrows of each heart are sacred, and cannot be shared with others (Proverbs 14:10), and so it is with the various relations of family life also, strangers have no part in them.

Verse 17. - Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. By confining yourself to chaste intercourse with your lawful wife, be assured that your offspring is your own. Promiscuous and unlawful intercourse throws doubt upon the paternity of children. Thy children may be thine, they may belong to another. The natural pride which is felt in a legitimate offspring is the motive put forward to commend the husband to confine himself exclusively to his wife. Grotius on this verse remarks, "Ibi sere ubi prolem metas" - "Sow there where you may reap an offspring." Them; i.e. the children referred to figuratively in the preceding verse, from which the subject of this verse is supplied. The repetition of the pronoun which occurs in the original, "let them belong to thee, to thee," is emphatic, and exclusive of others. The latter clause of the verse, "and not strangers' with thee," covers the whole ground. The idea of their being strangers' is repulsive, and so gives further point to the exhortation. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Or "they shall be thine own" (u), as the Targum; meaning not the cistern, the well, or the wife, but the fountains and rivers, or the children; by a man's cleaving to his own wife, who is a chaste and virtuous woman, he is satisfied that the children he has by her are his own, and not another's; whereas if he has to do with a common harlot, it is uncertain whose children they are, she prostituting herself to many: it may be applied to the peculiar possession and steadfast retention of the truths of the Gospel, in opposition to all divers and strange doctrines propagated by others; see Revelation 2:25.

(u) "erunt tui", Mercerus, Cocceius; "erunt tibi", Baynus; "existent tibi", Schultens. 17. only thine own—harlots' children have no known father.5:15-23 Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God's word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. Ever remember, that though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow-creatures, yet a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, who not only sees, but ponders all his goings. Those who are so foolish as to choose the way of sin, are justly left of God to themselves, to go on in the way to destruction.
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