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Proverbs 5:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] a honey-comb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For the lips of the strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, with sweet droppings, drip the lips of her that is a stranger, and, smoother than oil, is her mouth;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And smoother than oil [is] her mouth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, and her throat is smoother than oil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the lips of a strange [woman] drop [as] an hony combe, and her mouth [is] smoother then oyle.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— for honey drops from the lips of a harlot, who for a season pleases thy palate:
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
the lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
of a strange woman 2114
{2114} Prime
A primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery.
<8801> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 309
drop 5197
{5197} Prime
A primitive root; to ooze, that is, distil gradually; by implication to fall in drops; figuratively to speak by inspiration.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[as] an honeycomb, 5317
{5317} Prime
From H5130 in the sense of shaking to pieces; a dripping that is, of honey (from the comb).
and her mouth 2441
{2441} Prime
Probably from H2496 in the sense of tasting; properly the palate or inside of the mouth; hence the mouth itself (as the organ of speech, taste and kissing).
[is] smoother 2509
{2509} Prime
From H2505; smooth (especially of tongue).
than oil: 8081
{8081} Prime
From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 5:3

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

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 5:1-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 5:3

The lips — It concerns thee to get and to use discretion, that thou mayest be able to resist those temptations to which thou art exposed.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 5:3

For the lips (a) of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than (b) oil:

(a) That is, a harlot who gives herself to someone other than her husband.

(b) By oil and honey he means flattering and crafty enticements.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the lips:

Proverbs 2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
Proverbs 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
Revelation 17:2-6 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. ... And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Heb. palate


Psalms 55:21 [The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.
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