Proverbs 5:4
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New International Version
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

New Living Translation
But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.

English Standard Version
but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

New American Standard Bible
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

King James Bible
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
in the end she's as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword.

International Standard Version
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword.

NET Bible
but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

New Heart English Bible
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But their end is of bitter wormwood, for they are sharper than a double-edged sword

GOD'S WORD® Translation
but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But her end is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

New American Standard 1977
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
            Sharp as a two-edged sword.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

King James 2000 Bible
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

American King James Version
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

American Standard Version
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.

Darby Bible Translation
but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

English Revised Version
But her latter end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

World English Bible
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.

Young's Literal Translation
And her latter end is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a sword with mouths.
Study Bible
Avoid Immorality
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; 4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Psalm 55:21
His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword.

Ecclesiastes 7:26
And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
Treasury of Scripture

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

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Proverbs 6:24-35 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue …

Proverbs 7:22,23 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or …

Proverbs 9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are …

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

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares …

Hebrews 12:15,16 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

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Judges 16:4-6,15-21 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

(4) Bitter as wormwood.--The absinthium of Revelation 8:11, where, apparently, it is considered as a poison. So God's message to St. John (Revelation 10:10) was in his mouth sweet as honey (comp. Psalm 19:10), but made his belly bitter: that is, he met with much sorrow and trouble in making it known to men, but through this "much tribulation" (Acts 14:22) he "entered into the kingdom of heaven."

Verse 4. - The contrast is drawn with great vividness between the professions of the "strange woman" and the disastrous consequences which overtake those who listen to her enticements. She promises enjoyment, pleasure, freedom from danger, but her end is bitter as wormwood. "Her end," not merely with reference to herself, which may be and is undoubtedly true, but the last of her as experienced by those who have intercourse with her - her character as it stands revealed at the last. So it is said of wine, "At the last," i.e. its final effects, if indulged in to excess, "it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder" (Proverbs 23:22). Bitter as wormwood. The Hebrew, laanah, "wormwood," Gesenius derives from the unused root laan, "to curse." It is the equivalent to the absinthium of the Vulgate. So Aquila, who has ἀψίνθιον. The LXX. improperly renders χολή, "gall." In other places the word laanah is used as the emblem of bitterness, with the superadded idea of its being poisonous, also according to the Hebrew notion, shared in also by the Greeks, that the plant combined these two qualities. Thus in Deuteronomy 29:18 it is associated with rosh, "a poisonful herb" (margin), and the Targum terms it, agreeably with this notion, "deadly wormwood." The same belief is reproduced in Revelation 8:11, "And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and many men died of the waters because they were made bitter" (cf. Jeremiah 9:15; Amos 5:7: 6:12). The apostle, no doubt, has it in mind when he speaks of any "root of bitterness," in Hebrews 12:15. The herb is thus described by Umbreit: "It is a plant toward two feet high, belonging to the genus Artemisia (species Artemisia absinthium), which produces a very firm stalk with many branches, grayish leaves, and small, almost round, pendent blossoms. It has a bitter and saline taste, and seems to have been regarded in the East as also a poison, of which the frequent combination with rosh gives an intimation." Terence has a strikingly similar passage to the one before us -

In melle sunt linguae sitae vestrae atque orations
Lacteque; corda felle sunt lita atque acerbo aceto."
Your tongues are placed in honey and your speech is milk; your hearts are besmeared with gall and sharp vinegar ('Trucul.,' 1:11. 75). Sharp as a two-edged sword; literally, as a sword of edges (kherev piphiyyoth), which may mean a sword of extreme sharpness. Her end is as sharp as the sharpest sword. But it seems better to take the term as it is understood in the Authorized Version, which has the support both of the Vulgate, gladius biceps, and the LXX., μαχαίρα διστόμος, i.e. "a two-edged sword." Compare "a two-edged sword" (kherev piphiyyoth) of Psalm 149:6. The meaning is, the last of her is poignancy of remorse, anguish of heart, and death. In these she involves her victims. But her end is bitter as wormwood,.... Which is opposed to the honeycomb her lips are said to drop; so that, as Juvenal says (g), "plus aloes quam mellis habet": the end which she brings persons to, or the issue of complying with her, is bitterness; such as loss of credit, substance, and health, remorse of conscience, and fear of death, corporeal and eternal; see Ecclesiastes 7:26;

sharp as a twoedged sword; which cuts every way; as committing sin with an harlot hurts both soul and body; and the reflection upon it is very cutting and distressing, and destroys all comfort and happiness. This is the reverse of her soothing and softening speech, which is as oil. Such also will be the sad case of the worshippers of the beast, or whore of Rome; who will gnaw their tongues for pain, and be killed with the twoedged sword that proceedeth out of the mouth of Christ, Revelation 16:10.

(g) Satyr. 6. v. 180. "Lingua dicta dulcia dabis, corde amara facilis", Plauti Truculentus, Acts 1. Sc. 1. v. 77. Cistellaria, Acts 1. Sc. 1. v. 70, 71, 72. 4. her end—literally, "her future," in sense of reward, what follows (compare Ps 37:37; 73:17). Its nature is evinced by the use of figures, opposite those of Pr 5:3. The physical and moral suffering of the deluded profligate are notoriously terrible.5:1-14 Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, to abstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation we mock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How many mischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastes time; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it will fill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproaches himself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent acts of sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By a miracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadful consequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more die as they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruined sinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of his conscience!
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