Proverbs 5 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Bend your ear to what I know, 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
2 so you might remain discreet, and your lips might guard knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 The lips of a mysterious woman drip honey, and her tongue 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 bitter as gall, 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 to the grave. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She doesn't stay on the way of life. Her paths wander, but 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 children, listen to me, and don't deviate from the words of my mouth. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Stay on a path that is far from her; don't approach the entrance to her house. 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 Otherwise, you will give your strength to others, your years to a cruel person. 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
10 Otherwise, strangers will sap your strength, and your hard work will end up in a foreigner's house. 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 You will groan at the end when your body and flesh are exhausted, 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 and you say, "How I hated instruction! How my heart despised correction! 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I didn't listen to the voice of my instructor. I didn't obey my teacher. 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I'm on the brink of utter ruin in the assembled community." 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
15 Drink water from your own cistern, gushing water from your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains flood outside, streams of water in the public squares? 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17 They are yours alone, not for you as well as strangers. 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18 May 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 She is a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts intoxicate you all the time; always be drunk on 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, my son, should you lose your senses with a mysterious woman and embrace the breasts of a foreign female? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 The LORD's eyes watch over every person's path, observing all their ways. 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22 The wicked will be caught by their own evil acts, grabbed by the ropes of their own sin. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 Those without instruction will die, misled by their own stupidity. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.