Proverbs 5:20
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New International Version
Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

New Living Translation
Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?

English Standard Version
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?

New American Standard Bible
For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

King James Bible
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger?

International Standard Version
Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?

NET Bible
But why should you be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a different woman?

New Heart English Bible
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not go astray, my son, with an estranged woman, neither embrace the bosom of an estranged woman.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should you, my son, be intoxicated with an adulterous woman and fondle a loose woman's breast?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Why then wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of an alien?

New American Standard 1977
For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress,
            And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a woman belonging to someone else, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

King James 2000 Bible
And why will you, my son, be infatuated with an immoral woman, and embrace the bosom of a seductress?

American King James Version
And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

American Standard Version
For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why art thou seduced, my son, by a strange woman, and art cherished in the bosom of another ?

Darby Bible Translation
And why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

English Revised Version
For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Webster's Bible Translation
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

World English Bible
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?

Young's Literal Translation
And why dost thou magnify thyself, My son, with a stranger? And embrace the bosom of a strange woman?
Study Bible
Avoid Immorality
19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love. 20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? 21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:16
To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;

Proverbs 5:3
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;

Proverbs 6:24
To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

Proverbs 7:5
That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words.

Proverbs 23:27
For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.
Treasury of Scripture

And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

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Proverbs 2:16-19 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

Proverbs 6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue …

Proverbs 7:5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Proverbs 23:27,28,33 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit…

1 Kings 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter …

Verses 20, 21. - The adulterer to be restrained by the fact of God's omniscience and the Divine punishment. Vers. 20 and 21 should apparently be taken together. The teaching assumes a higher tone, and rises from the lower law which regulates fidelity to the wife, based upon personal attractions, to the higher law, which brings the husband's conduct into relation with the duty he owes to Jehovah. Not merely is his conduct to be regulated by love and affection alone, but it is to be fashioned by the reflection or consciousness that the Supreme Being presides over all, and takes cognizance of human action. Without losing sight that the marriage contract has its own peculiar obligations, the fact is insisted upon that all a man's ways are open to the eyes of the Lord. Verse 20. - And why; i.e. what inducement is there, what reason can be given, for conjugal infidelity, except the lewd and immoral promptings of the lower nature, except sensuality in its lowest form? Ravished. The verb shagah recurs, but in a lower sense, as indicating "the foolish delirium of the libertine hastening after the harlot" (Zockler). With a strange woman (Hebrew, b'zarah); i.e. with a harlot. On zarah, see Proverbs 2:16 and Proverbs 7:5. The b' (בְּ) localizes the sources of the intoxication. Embrace (Hebrew, t'khab-bek). On this verb, see Proverbs 4:8. The bosom of a stranger (Hebrew, kheh nok'riyyah). A parallel expression having the same force as its counterpart. The more usual form of khek is kheyk, and means "the bosom" of a person. In Proverbs 16:33 it is used of the lap, and in Proverbs 17:23 and Proverbs 21:14 for the bosom or folds of a garment. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman,.... Or "err with her" (y); after all those inconveniences and miseries that follow upon a conversation with a harlot, and all those advantages of a marriage state set before thee; why wilt thou be, so foolish and mad as to have a fondness for an harlot and dote upon her, and neglect entering into a marriage state, or forsake the wife of youth? and yet though things are so clearly stated and aptly represented, and the expostulation made in the most tender and affectionate manner; it is suggested as if after all it would not be attended unto, but a harlot be preferred to a wife of youth, a filthy beast to a loving hind, and dirty puddles of water in a ditch to running streams from a well or fountain;

and embrace the bosom of a stranger? that is not thy wife; a description of unlawful love and impure embraces, which are dissuaded from.

(y) "Errares", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "aberrares", Cocceius. 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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