Proverbs 5 HNV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding: 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 That you may maintain discretion, That your lips may preserve knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip 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, And 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 go down to death. Her steps lead straight to She'ol. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and 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 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Remove your way far from her. Don't 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 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one; 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 Lest strangers feast on your wealth, And your labors enrich another man's house. 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 You will groan at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 And say, "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof; 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor turned my ear to those who instructed me! 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, In the midst of the gathered assembly." 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, Running water out of your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, Streams of water in the public squares? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be for yourself alone, Not for strangers with you. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving hind and a pleasant doe -- Let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always 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 For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD. He examines all his paths. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.