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Proverbs 5 (New American Standard)

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Pitfalls of Immorality

1 My son, 1give attention to my wisdom, 2Incline your ear to my understanding; 2 That you may 3observe discretion And your 4lips may reserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of an a5adulteress 6drip honey And 7smoother than oil is her bspeech; 4 But in the end she is 8bitter as wormwood, 9Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet 10go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol. 6 cShe does not ponder the 11path of life; Her ways are 12unstable, she 13does not know it. 7 14Now then, my sons, listen to me And 15do not depart from the words of my mouth. 8 16Keep your way far from her And do not go near the 17door of her house, 9 Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one; 10 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; 11 And you groan at your dfinal end, When your flesh and your body are consumed; 12 And you say, "How I have 18hated instruction! And my heart 19spurned reproof! 13 "I have not listened to the voice of my 20teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors! 14 "I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation." 15 Drink water from your own cistern And efresh water from your own well. 16 Should your 21springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. 18 Let your 22fountain be blessed, And 23rejoice in the 24wife of your youth. 19 As a loving 25hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be fexhilarated always with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an g26adulteress And embrace the bosom of a 27foreigner? 21 For the 28ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He 29watches all his paths. 22 His 30own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. 23 He will 31die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
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