Proverbs 5 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding; 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 so that you will preserve discretion and your lips keep watch over knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of a woman who is a stranger drop honey, her mouth is smoother than oil; 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, sharp as a double-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, her steps lead straight to Sh'ol; 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 she doesn't walk the level path of life -her course wanders all over, but she doesn't know it. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 So now, children, listen to me; don't turn away from what I am saying: 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 distance your way from her, stay far from the door of her house; 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 so that you won't give your vigor to others and your years to someone who is cruel, 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 so strangers won't be filled with your strength and what you worked for go to a foreign house. 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 Then, when your flesh and bones have shrunk, at the end of your life, you would moan, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 "How I hated discipline! My whole being despised reproof, 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I ignored what my teachers said, I didn't listen to my instructors. 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I took part in almost every kind of evil, and the whole community knew it." 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Drink the water from your own cistern, fresh water from your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Let what your springs produce be dispersed outside, streams of water flowing in the streets; 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 but let them be for you alone and not for strangers with you. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let your fountain, the wife of your youth, be blessed; find joy in her 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 a lovely deer, a graceful fawn; let her breasts satisfy you at all times, always be infatuated with her love. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
20 My son, why be infatuated with an unknown woman? Why embrace the body of a loose woman? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For ADONAI is watching a man's ways; he surveys all his paths. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 A wicked person's own crimes will trap him, he will be held fast by the ropes of his sin. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He will die from lack of discipline; the magnitude of his folly will make him totter and fall. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.