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Proverbs 5 (New Living Translation)

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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. 2 Then you will learn to be discreet and will store up knowledge. 3 The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. 4 But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. a 6 For she does not care about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't even realize where it leads. 7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 8 Run from her! Don't go near the door of her house! 9 If you do, you will lose your honor and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life. 10 Strangers will obtain your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 11 Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, 12 and you will say, "How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way! 13 Oh, why didn't I listen to my teachers? Why didn't I pay attention to those who gave me instruction? 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace." 15 Drink water from your own well -- share your love only with your wife. b 16 Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone? c 17 You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with strangers. 18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. 20 Why be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman? 21 For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. 22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. 23 He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.
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