Proverbs 5 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My child, be attentive to my wisdom, and to my understanding incline your ear; 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 [in order] to keep prudence, and knowledge will guard your lips. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of the strange woman will drip honey, and smoother than oil is her mouth. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 But her end is bitter as the wormwood, 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 take hold [of] Sheol. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She does not observe the path of life; her ways wander, [and] she does not know [it]. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 Now, O children, listen to me; do not depart from the sayings of my mouth. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep your paths far from her, and do not go near to 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 the others, and your years to the merciless, 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers take [their] fill of your strength, and your labors [go] to the house of a foreigner, 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 and you groan at your end, when your flesh and 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 hated discipline, and I despised reproof!" 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 and "I did not listen to the voice of my teachers, and I did not incline my ear to my instructors! 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I was almost at utter ruin in the midst of the assembly and congregation." 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Drink water from your [own] cistern and flowing waters from inside your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Shall your springs be scattered outward? In the streets, [shall there be] streams of water? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 May they be yours alone, and not for strangers [who are] with you. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 [She is] a deer of love and a doe of grace; may her breasts satisfy you {always}; by her love may you be intoxicated continually. 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 be intoxicated, my child, by a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a foreigner? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For before the eyes of Yahweh [are] {human ways}, and all his paths he examines. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 His iniquities shall ensnare him, the evildoer, and in the vanity of his sin he shall be caught. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He shall die {for lack of} discipline, and in the greatness of his folly he shall be lost. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.