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

New Living Translation
Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

English Standard Version
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

New American Standard Bible
Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.

King James Bible
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.

International Standard Version
Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.

NET Bible
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in your young wife--

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And your fountain shall be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth-

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let your own fountain be blessed, and enjoy the girl you married when you were young,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy fountain shall be blessed; and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

American King James Version
Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

American Standard Version
Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thy vein be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth:

Darby Bible Translation
Let thy fountain be blessed; and have joy of the wife of thy youth.

English Revised Version
Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

World English Bible
Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Young's Literal Translation
Let thy fountain be blessed, And rejoice because of the wife of thy youth,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. The employment of the ordinary term "wife" in the second hemistich shows in what sense the figure which is used has to be understood. The terms "fountain" and "wife" denote the same person. The wife is here called "thy fountain" (Hebrew, m'kor'ka), just as she has been previously "thine own cistern" (b'or) and "thine own well" (b'er) in ver. 15. The Hebrew makor, "fountain," is derived from the root kur, "to dig." The figure seems to determine that the blessing here spoken of consists in the with being a fruitful mother of children; and hence the phrase means, "Let thy with be blessed," i.e. rendered happy in being the mother of thy children. This is quite consistent with the Hebrew mode of thought. Every Israelitish wife regarded herself, and was regarded by ethers as "blessed," if she bore children, and unhappy if the reverse were the case. Blessed; Hebrew, baruk (Vulgate, benedicta), is the kal participle passive of barak, "to bless." Instead of this, the LXX. reads ἴδια, "Let thy fountain be thine own" - a variation which in no sense conveys the meaning of the original. And rejoice with; rather, rejoice in, the wife being regarded as the sphere within which the husband is to find his pleasure and joy. Umbreit explains, "Let thy wife be extolled." The same construction of the imperative s'makh, from samakh," to be glad, or joyful," with min, occurs in Judges 9:19; Zephaniah 3:14, etc. The Authorized rendering is, however, favoured by the Vulgate, laetare cum, and the LXX., συνευφραίνω μετὰ Compare the exhortation in Ecclesiastes 9:9, "Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest." The wife of thy youth (Hebrew, ishshah n'ureyka) may mean either

(1) the wife to whom thou hast given the fair bloom of thy youth (Umbreit);

(2) the wife chosen in thy youth (Delitzsch); or

(3) thy youthful wife. The former seems the more probable meaning. Compare the expression, "companion of thy youth," in Proverbs 2:17.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let thy fountain be blessed,.... Thy wife; make her happy by keeping to her and from others; by behaving in a loving, affable, and respectful manner to her; by living comfortably with her, and providing well for her and her children: or reckon her a happiness, a blessing that God has bestowed; or

"thy fountain shall be blessed,''

as the Targum; that is, with a numerous offspring, which was always reckoned a blessedness, and was generally the happiness of virtuous women, when harlots were barren;

and rejoice with the wife of thy youth; taken to be a wife in youth, and lived with ever since; do not despise her, nor divorce her, even in old age, but delight in her company now as ever; carry it not morosely and churlishly to her, but express a joy and pleasure in her; see Ecclesiastes 9:9. Jarchi interprets this of the law learned in youth; but it might be much better interpreted of the pure apostolic church of Christ, "the beulah", to whom her sons are married, Isaiah 62:4; to whom they should cleave with delight and pleasure, and not follow the antichristian harlot.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. wife … youth—married in youth.

Proverbs 5:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Avoid Immorality
17Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. 18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 24:5
If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

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

Proverbs 9:17
"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"

Ecclesiastes 9:9
Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun--all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

Song of Solomon 4:12
You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.

Song of Solomon 4:15
You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.

Malachi 2:14
You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Treasury of Scripture

Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

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Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life …

Malachi 2:14,15 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

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