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Proverbs 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 Then you will learn to be discreet and will store up knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-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 the grave. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 For she does not care about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't even realize where it leads. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Run from her! Don't 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 If you do, you will lose your honor and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life. 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 Strangers will obtain your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 and you will say, "How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way! 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 Oh, why didn't I listen to my teachers? Why didn't I pay attention to those who gave me instruction? 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace." 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Drink water from your own well -- share your love only with your wife. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with strangers. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. 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 loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by 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 be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. 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 self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.