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Proverbs 5 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 My son, give attention to my wisdom; let your ear be turned to my teaching: 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 So that you may be ruled by a wise purpose, and your lips may keep knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For honey is dropping from the lips of the strange woman, and her mouth is smoother than oil; 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword; 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death, and her steps to the underworld; 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She never keeps her mind on the road of life; her ways are uncertain, she has no knowledge. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 Give ear to me then, my sons, and do not put away my words from you. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Go far away from her, do not come near the door of her house; 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 For fear that you may give your honour to others, and your wealth to strange men: 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 And strange men may be full of your wealth, and the fruit of your work go to the house of others; 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 And you will be full of grief at the end of your life, when your flesh and your body are wasted; 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 And you will say, How was teaching hated by me, and my heart put no value on training; 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I did not give attention to the voice of my teachers, my ear was not turned to those who were guiding me! 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I was in almost all evil in the company of the people. 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Let water from your store and not that of others be your drink, and running water from your fountain. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Let not your springs be flowing in the streets, or your streams of water in the open places. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be for yourself only, not for other men with you. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let blessing be on your fountain; have joy in the wife of your early years. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving hind and a gentle doe, let her breasts ever give you rapture; let your passion at all times be moved by her love. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
20 Why let yourself, my son, go out of the way with a strange woman, and take another woman in your arms? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he puts all his goings in the scales. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 The evil-doer will be taken in the net of his crimes, and prisoned in the cords of his sin. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He will come to his end for need of teaching; he is so foolish that he will go wandering from the right way. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.