Chapter 5

PRO.5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,
PRO.5:2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.
PRO.5:3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
PRO.5:4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
PRO.5:5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.
PRO.5:6 Lest you ponder her path of life-Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.
PRO.5:7 Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
PRO.5:8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,
PRO.5:9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;
PRO.5:10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
PRO.5:11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
PRO.5:12 And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!
PRO.5:13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
PRO.5:14 I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
PRO.5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.
PRO.5:16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
PRO.5:17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.
PRO.5:18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
PRO.5:19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.
PRO.5:20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
PRO.5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.
PRO.5:22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
PRO.5:23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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