Proverbs 5 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, give 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 That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 But in the end she is bitter as 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 ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, 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 then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 Or you will give your vigor 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 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 And you groan at your final 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 you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 "I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors! 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 "I was almost in 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 fresh water from your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let 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 As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated 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 exhilarated with an adulteress 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 the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords 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 for lack of instruction, And 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.