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Proverbs 5:1-23 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, be attentive 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 keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech 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 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 follow the path to Sheol; 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 she does not take heed to 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 And now, O 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 lest you give your honor to 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 an alien; 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
11 and at the end of your life you groan, 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 you say, "How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I was at the point of utter ruin in the assembled 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, flowing water from your own well. 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered 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 for yourself 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 a lovely hind, a graceful doe. Let her affection fill you at all times with delight, be infatuated 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 Why should you be infatuated, my son, with a loose woman and embrace the bosom of an adventuress? 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
21 For a man's ways 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 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is caught in the toils of his sin. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is lost. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.