Proverbs 5:3
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New International Version
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;

King James Bible
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

Darby Bible Translation
For the lips of the strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

World English Bible
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,

Young's Literal Translation
For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And smoother than oil is her mouth,

Proverbs 5:3 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The lips of a strange woman - One that is not thy own, whether Jewess or heathen.

Drop as a honey-comb - She uses the most deceitful, flattering, and alluring speeches: as the droppings of the honey out of the comb are the sweetest of all.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the lips

Proverbs 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;

Proverbs 6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

Revelation 17:2-6 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication...

smoother

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

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The Cords of Sin
'His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.'--PROVERBS v. 22. In Hosea's tender picture of the divine training of Israel which, alas! failed of its effect, we read, 'I drew them with cords of a man,' which is further explained as being 'with bands of love.' The metaphor in the prophet's mind is probably that of a child being 'taught to go' and upheld in its first tottering steps by leading-strings. God drew Israel, though Israel did not yield
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sinners Bound with the Cords of Sin
The first sentence of the text also may have reference to an arrest by an officer of law. The transgressor's own sins shall take him, shall seize him; they bear a warrant for arresting him, they shall judge him, they shall even execute him. Sin, which at the first bringeth to man a specious pleasure, ere long turneth into bitterness, remorse, and fear. Sin is a dragon, with eyes like stars, but it carrieth a deadly sting in its tail. The cup of sin, with rainbow bubbles on its brim, is black with
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 16: 1870

Second Great Group of Parables.
(Probably in Peræa.) Subdivision F. Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. ^C Luke XVI. 19-31. [The parable we are about to study is a direct advance upon the thoughts in the previous section. We may say generally that if the parable of the unjust steward teaches how riches are to be used, this parable sets forth the terrible consequences of a failure to so use them. Each point of the previous discourse is covered in detail, as will be shown by the references in the discussion of the parable.]
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 55:21
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

Proverbs 2:16
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,

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

Proverbs 6:24
keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

Proverbs 7:5
They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

Proverbs 7:21
With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.

Proverbs 22:14
The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.

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