Proverbs 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear friend, pay close attention to this, my wisdom; listen very closely to the way I see it. 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 Then you'll acquire a taste for good sense; what I tell you will keep you out of trouble. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 But it won't be long before she's gravel in your mouth, a pain in your gut, a wound in your heart. 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 She's dancing down the primrose path to Death; she's headed straight for Hell and taking you with her. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She hasn't a clue about Real Life, about who she is or where she's going. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 So, my friend, listen closely; don't treat my words casually. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep your distance from such a woman; absolutely stay out of her neighborhood. 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 You don't want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted. 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you? Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you? 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 You don't want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 Saying, "Oh, why didn't I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 Why didn't I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 My life is ruined! I haven't one blessed thing to show for my life!" Never Take Love for Granted 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Do you know the saying, "Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well"? 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 It's true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose - don't ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
20 Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 Mark well that God doesn't miss a move you make; he's aware of every step you take. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 The shadow of your sin will overtake you; you'll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.