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Compare Translations for Proverbs 5:3

Proverbs 5:3 ASV
For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil:
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Proverbs 5:3 BBE
For honey is dropping from the lips of the strange woman, and her mouth is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 CEB
The lips of a mysterious woman drip honey, and her tongue is smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 CJB
For the lips of a woman who is a stranger drop honey, her mouth is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 RHE
For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, and her throat is smoother than oil.
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Proverbs 5:3 ESV
For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 GW
The lips of an adulterous woman drip with honey. Her kiss is smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 GNT
The lips of another man's wife may be as sweet as honey and her kisses as smooth as olive oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 HNV
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 CSB
Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words are smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 KJV
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
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Proverbs 5:3 LEB
For the lips of the strange woman will drip honey, and smoother than oil is her mouth.
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Proverbs 5:3 NAS
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
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Proverbs 5:3 NCV
The words of another man's wife may seem sweet as honey; they may be as smooth as olive oil.
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Proverbs 5:3 NIRV
A woman who commits adultery has lips that drip honey. What she says is smoother than oil.
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Proverbs 5:3 NIV
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 NKJV
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 NLT
The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
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Proverbs 5:3 NRS
For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 RSV
For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 DBY
For the lips of the strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 MSG
The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth.
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Proverbs 5:3 WBT
For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] a honey-comb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
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Proverbs 5:3 TMB
For the lips of a strange woman drip as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 TNIV
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 WEB
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
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Proverbs 5:3 WYC
Give thou not attention to the falseness of a woman; for the lips of an whore be an honeycomb dropping (for a whore's lips be like a dripping honeycomb), and her throat is clearer than oil;
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Proverbs 5:3 YLT
For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And smoother than oil [is] her mouth,
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Proverbs 5 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 5

Exhortations to wisdom. The evils of licentiousness. (1-14) Remedies against licentiousness, The miserable end of the wicked. (15-23)

Verses 1-14 Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, to abstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation we mock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How many mischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastes time; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it will fill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproaches himself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent acts of sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By a miracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadful consequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more die as they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruined sinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of his conscience!

Verses 15-23 Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God's word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. Ever remember, that though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow-creatures, yet a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, who not only sees, but ponders all his goings. Those who are so foolish as to choose the way of sin, are justly left of God to themselves, to go on in the way to destruction.

Proverbs 5 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 5

Proverbs 5:1-23 . A warning against the seductive arts of wicked women, enforced by considering the advantages of chastity, and the miserable end of the wicked.

1. This connection of wisdom and understanding is frequent ( Proverbs 2:2 , 3:7 ); the first denotes the use of wise means for wise ends; the other, the exercise of a proper discrimination in their discovery.

2. regard--or, "observe."
keep--preserve constantly.

3. (Compare Proverbs 2:16 ). Her enticing promises are deceitful.

4. her end--literally, "her future," in sense of reward, what follows (compare Psalms 37:37 , 73:17 ). Its nature is evinced by the use of figures, opposite those of Proverbs 5:3 . The physical and moral suffering of the deluded profligate are notoriously terrible.

5. feet . . . , steps--that is, course of life ends in death.

6. her ways . . . know--Some prefer, "that she may not ponder the path of life," &c.; but perhaps a better sense is, "her ways are varied, so as to prevent your knowledge of her true character, and so of true happiness."

8, 9. Avoid the slightest temptation.

9. thine honour--in whatever consisting, strength ( Proverbs 3:13 ) or wealth.
thy years--by cutting them off in dissipation.
unto the cruel--for such the sensual are apt to become.

10. wealth--literally, "strength," or the result of it.
labours--the fruit of thy painful exertions ( Psalms 127:2 ). There may be a reference to slavery, a commuted punishment for death due the adulterer ( Deuteronomy 22:22 ).

11. at the last--the end, or reward (compare Proverbs 5:4 ).
mourn--roar in pain.
flesh and . . . body--the whole person under incurable disease.

12-14. The ruined sinner vainly laments his neglect of warning and his sad fate in being brought to public disgrace.

14. evil--for affliction, as in Genesis 19:20 , 49:15 .

15-20. By figures, in which well, cistern, and fountain ( Proverbs 5:15 Proverbs 5:18 ) represent the wife, and rivers of waters ( Proverbs 5:16 ) the children, men are exhorted to constancy and satisfaction in lawful conjugal enjoyments. In Proverbs 5:16 , fountains (in the plural) rather denote the produce or waters of a spring, literally, "what is from a spring," and corresponds with "rivers of waters."

17. only thine own--harlots' children have no known father.

18. wife . . . youth--married in youth.

19. loving . . . roe--other figures for a wife from the well-known beauty of these animals.
breasts--(Compare Solomon 1:13 , Ezekiel 23:3 Ezekiel 23:8 ).
ravished--literally, "intoxicated," that is, fully satisfied.

21. The reason, God's eye is on you,

22, 23. and He will cause sin to bring its punishment.

23. without instruction--literally, "in want of instruction," having refused it (compare Job 13:18 , Hebrews 11:24 ).
go astray--literally, "be drunken." The word "ravished" ( Proverbs 5:19 ) here denotes fulness of punishment.