Proverbs 5:7
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English Standard Version
And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

King James Bible
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

American Standard Version
Now therefore, my'sons, hearken unto me, And depart not from the words of my mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore, my son, hear me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

English Revised Version
Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 5:7 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Here a fourth rule of life follows the three already given, Proverbs 4:24, Proverbs 4:25, Proverbs 4:26-27 :

1 My son, attend unto my wisdom,

   And incline thine ear to my prudence,

2 To observe discretion,

   And that thy lips preserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of the adulteress distil honey,

   And smoother than oil is her mouth;

4 But her end is bitter like wormwood,

   Sharper than a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death,

   Her steps cleave to Hades.

6 She is far removed from entering the way of life,

   Her steps wander without her observing it.

Wisdom and understanding increase with the age of those who earnestly seek after them. It is the father of the youth who here requests a willing ear to his wisdom of life, gained in the way of many years' experience and observation. In Proverbs 5:2 the inf. of the object is continued in the finitum, as in Proverbs 2:2, Proverbs 2:8. מזמּות (vid., on its etymon under Proverbs 1:4) are plans, projects, designs, for the most part in a bad sense, intrigues and artifices (vid., Proverbs 24:8), but also used of well-considered resolutions toward what is good, and hence of the purposes of God, Jeremiah 23:20. This noble sense of the word מזמּה, with its plur., is peculiar to the introductory portion (chap. 1-9) of the Book of Proverbs. The plur. means here and at Proverbs 8:12 (placing itself with חכמות and תּבוּנות, vid., p. 68) the reflection and deliberation which is the presupposition of well-considered action, and שׁמר is thus not otherwise than at Proverbs 19:8, and everywhere so meant, where it has that which is obligatory as its object: the youth is summoned to careful observation and persevering exemplification of the quidquid agas, prudenter agas et respice finem. In 2b the Rebia Mugrash forbids the genitive connection of the two words דּעתו שׂפתיך; we translate: et ut scientiam labia tua tueantur. Lips which preserve knowledge are such as permit nothing to escape from them (Psalm 17:3) which proceeds not from the knowledge of God, and in Him of that which is good and right, and aims at the working out of this knowledge; vid., Khler on Malachi 2:7. שׂפתיך (from שׂפה, Arab. shafat, edge, lip, properly that against which one rubs, and that which rubs itself) is fem., but the usage of the language presents the word in two genders (cf. 3a with Proverbs 26:23). Regarding the pausal ינצרוּ for יצּרוּ, vid., under Malachi 3:1; Malachi 2:11. The lips which distil the honey of enticement stand opposite to the lips which distil knowledge; the object of the admonition is to furnish a protection against the honey-lips.

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Proverbs 4:1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 8:32-36 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways...

Proverbs 22:17-21 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

and depart

Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the middle of your heart.

Cross References
Psalm 119:102
I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.

Proverbs 7:24
And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:32
"And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.

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