Avoid Seduction

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen closelya to my understanding

References for Proverbs 5:1

    • a 5:1 - Lit wisdom; stretch out your ear
      2 so that [you] may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.
      3 Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words areb smoother than oil,

      References for Proverbs 5:3

        • b 5:3 - Lit her palate is
          4 in the end she's as bitter as wormwoodc and as sharp as a double-edged sword.d

          References for Proverbs 5:4

            • c 5:4 - Pr 5:8-11; 6:32-33
            • d 5:4 - Ps 55:21
              5 Her feet go down to death; her steps head straight for Sheol.e

              References for Proverbs 5:5

                • e 5:5 - Pr 7:27; 9:18
                  6 She doesn't consider the path of life; she doesn't know that her ways are unstable.
                  7 So now, [my] sons, listen to me, and don't turn away from the words of my mouth.
                  8 Keep your way far from her. Don't go near the door of her house.f

                  References for Proverbs 5:8

                    • f 5:8 - Pr 2:18; 7:8; 9:14
                      9 Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others and your years to someone cruel;
                      10 strangers will drain your resources, and your earnings will end up in a foreigner's house.
                      11 At the end of your life, you will lament when your physical body has been consumed,
                      12 and you will say, "How I hated discipline, and how my heart despised correction.g

                      References for Proverbs 5:12

                        • g 5:12 - Pr 1:28-31; 12:1; 13:18
                          13 I didn't obey my teachers or listen closelyh to my mentors.

                          References for Proverbs 5:13

                            • h 5:13 - Lit or turn my ear
                              14 I was on the verge of complete ruin before the entire community."

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                              15 Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.i

                              References for Proverbs 5:15

                                • i 5:15 - Sg 4:12,15
                                  16 Should your springs flow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?j

                                  References for Proverbs 5:16

                                      17 They should be for you alone and not for you [to share] with strangers.
                                      18 Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.k

                                      References for Proverbs 5:18

                                          19 A loving doe, a graceful fawn- let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.
                                          20 Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger?
                                          21 For a man's ways are before the Lord's eyes, and He considers all his paths.l

                                          References for Proverbs 5:21

                                            • l 5:21 - Pr 4:25-26
                                              22 A wicked man's iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.m

                                              References for Proverbs 5:22

                                                  23 He will die because there is no instruction, and be lost because of his great stupidity.