Proverbs 6:20-35 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Warning against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father's command, and don't reject your mother's teaching.a 21 Always bind them to your heart; tie them around your neck.b 22 When you walk here and there, they will guide you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; when you wake up, they will talk to you. 23 For a commandment is a lamp, teaching is a light,c and corrective instructions are the way to life.d 24 They will protect you from an evil woman,e from the flatteringf tongue of a stranger.g 25 Don't lust in your heart for her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyelashes. 26 For a prostitute's fee is only a loaf of bread,h but an adulteressi goes after [your] very life.j 27 Can a man embrace firek and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can a man walk on coals without scorching his feet? 29 So it is with the one who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. 30 People don't despise the thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry. 31 Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much; he must give up all the wealth in his house.l 32 The one who commits adulterym lacks sense; whoever does so destroys himself. 33 He will get a beatingn and dishonor, and his disgrace will never be removed. 34 For jealousy enrages a husband, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.o 35 He will not be appeased by anything or be persuaded by lavish gifts.
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