Proverbs 5:3-4

3 For the lips of the adulterous woman 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.

Proverbs 5:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
ESV
3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil,
NLT
3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
MSG
3 The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth.
CSB
3 Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words are smoother than oil,

Proverbs 5:3-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS 5

The general instruction of this chapter is to avoid whoredom, and make use of lawful marriage, and keep to that. It is introduced with an exhortation to attend to wisdom and understanding, Pr 5:1,2; one part of which lies in shunning an adulterous woman; who is described by her flattery, with which she deceives; by the end she brings men to, which is destruction and death; and by the uncertainty of her ways, which cannot be known, Pr 5:3-6. Wherefore men are advised to keep at the utmost distance from her, Pr 5:7,8; lest their honour, strength, wealth, and labours, be given to others, Pr 5:9,10; and repentance and mourning follow, when too late, Pr 5:11-14. And, as a remedy against whoredom, entering into a marriage state is advised to, and a strict regard to that; allegorically expressed by a man's drinking water out of his fountain, and by his wife being as a loving hind and pleasant roe to him, the single object of his affections, Pr 5:15-19. As also the consideration of the divine omniscience is proposed, to deter him from the sin of adultery, Pr 5:20,21; as well as the inevitable ruin wicked men are brought into by it, Pr 5:22,23.

Proverbs 5:3-4 In-Context

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of the adulterous woman 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.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 55:21; Proverbs 2:16; Proverbs 7:5
  • 2. Ecclesiastes 7:26
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