Warnings Against Adultery

20 1My son, keep your father's commandment, 2and forsake not your mother's teaching.
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21 3Bind them on your heart always; 4tie them around your neck.
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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.
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    • x 6:22 - Hebrew it; three times in this verse
      23 For the commandment is 8a lamp and the teaching a light, and the 9reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
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      24 to preserve you from the evil woman,b from the smooth tongue of 10the adulteress.c
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        • y 6:24 - Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
        • z 6:24 - Hebrew the foreign woman
          25 11Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her 12eyelashes;
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          26 for 13the price of a prostitute is only 14a loaf of bread,d but a married womane15hunts down a precious life.
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            • { 6:26 - Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
            • | 6:26 - Hebrew a man's wife
              27 Can a man carry 16fire next to his 17chest and his clothes not be burned?
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              28 Or can one 18walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
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              29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her 19will go unpunished.
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              30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to 20satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
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              31 but 21if he is caught, he will pay 22sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.
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              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.
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              35 He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.