Proverbs 5:17
New International Version
Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

New Living Translation
You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.

English Standard Version
Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

Berean Study Bible
Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

King James Bible
Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

New King James Version
Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.

New American Standard Bible
Let them be yours alone, And not for strangers with you.

NASB 1995
Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.

NASB 1977
Let them be yours alone, And not for strangers with you.

Amplified Bible
[Confine yourself to your own wife.] Let your children be yours alone, And not the children of strangers with you.

Christian Standard Bible
They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers.

American Standard Version
Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let them be only thine own, and let no stranger partake with thee.

Contemporary English Version
Save yourself for your wife and don't have sex with other women.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers with thee.

English Revised Version
Let them be for thyself alone, and not for strangers with thee.

Good News Translation
Your children should grow up to help you, not strangers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They should be yours alone, so do not share them with strangers.

International Standard Version
They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them be only thine own, And not strangers' with thee.

Literal Standard Version
Let them be to you for yourself, "" And not to strangers with you.

NET Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

New Heart English Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

World English Bible
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.

Young's Literal Translation
Let them be to thee for thyself, And not to strangers with thee.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Avoiding Immorality
16Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? 17Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. 18May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:…

Cross References
Proverbs 5:16
Why should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:18
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth:


Treasury of Scripture

Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.









(17) Let them be only thine own.--The deepest joys and sorrows of each heart are sacred, and cannot be shared with others (Proverbs 14:10), and so it is with the various relations of family life also, strangers have no part in them.

Verse 17. - Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. By confining yourself to chaste intercourse with your lawful wife, be assured that your offspring is your own. Promiscuous and unlawful intercourse throws doubt upon the paternity of children. Thy children may be thine, they may belong to another. The natural pride which is felt in a legitimate offspring is the motive put forward to commend the husband to confine himself exclusively to his wife. Grotius on this verse remarks, "Ibi sere ubi prolem metas" - "Sow there where you may reap an offspring." Them; i.e. the children referred to figuratively in the preceding verse, from which the subject of this verse is supplied. The repetition of the pronoun which occurs in the original, "let them belong to thee, to thee," is emphatic, and exclusive of others. The latter clause of the verse, "and not strangers' with thee," covers the whole ground. The idea of their being strangers' is repulsive, and so gives further point to the exhortation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Let them be
יִֽהְיוּ־ (yih·yū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

yours
לְךָ֥ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

alone,
לְבַדֶּ֑ךָ (lə·ḇad·de·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of

never
וְאֵ֖ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

to be shared
אִתָּֽךְ׃ (’it·tāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

with strangers.
לְזָרִ֣ים (lə·zā·rîm)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery


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