Proverbs 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Open your ears to my understanding 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 so that you may act with foresight and speak with insight. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 The lips of an adulterous woman drip with honey. Her kiss 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, as 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 descend to death. Her steps lead straight to hell. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She doesn't even think about the path of life. Her steps wander, and she doesn't realize it. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 But now, sons, listen to me, and do not turn away from what I say to you. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Stay far away from her. Do not even go near her door. 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 Either you will surrender your reputation to others and [the rest of] your years to some cruel person, 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 or strangers will benefit from your strength and you will have to work hard in a pagan's house. 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 Then you will groan when your end comes, when your body and flesh are consumed. You will say, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 "Oh, how I hated discipline! How my heart despised correction! 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I didn't listen to what my teachers said to me, nor did I keep my ear open to my instructors. 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I almost reached total ruin in the assembly and in the congregation." 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Drink water out of your own cistern and running water from your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Why should water flow out of your spring? Why should your streams flow into the streets? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 They should be yours alone, so do not share them with strangers. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let your own fountain be blessed, and enjoy the girl you married when you were young, 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 a loving doe and a graceful deer. Always let her breasts satisfy you. Always be intoxicated 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 Why should you, my son, be intoxicated with an adulterous woman and fondle a loose woman's breast? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 Each person's ways are clearly seen by the LORD, and he surveys all his actions. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 A wicked person will be trapped by his own wrongs, and he will be caught in the ropes of his own sin. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He will die for his lack of discipline and stumble around because of his great stupidity. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.