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?
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
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 …

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