Proverbs 6:20-35 (English Standard Version)

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Warnings Against Adultery

20 1My son, keep your father's commandment, 2and forsake not your mother's teaching. 21 3Bind them on your heart always; 4tie them around your neck. 22 5When you walk, theya will lead you; 6when you lie down, they will 7watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. 23 For the commandment is 8a lamp and the teaching a light, and the 9reproofs of discipline are the way of life, 24 to preserve you from the evil woman,b from the smooth tongue of 10the adulteress.c 25 11Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her 12eyelashes; 26 for 13the price of a prostitute is only 14a loaf of bread,d but a married womane15hunts down a precious life. 27 Can a man carry 16fire next to his 17chest and his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can one 18walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her 19will go unpunished. 30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to 20satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, 31 but 21if he is caught, he will pay 22sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. 32 He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. 33 He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. 34 For 23jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when 24he takes revenge. 35 He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
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