Proverbs 5
English Standard VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,1My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
2that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.2That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.
3For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil,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.4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol;5Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.6She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
7And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.7Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,8Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
9lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless,9Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
10lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,10And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
11and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed,11And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!12And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
13I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.13"I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
14I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.”14"I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
15Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.15Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.
16Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?16Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
17Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.17Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
18Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths.21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
22The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.22His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.23He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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