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Proverbs 5:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, [and] she knoweth [it] not.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know [it].
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Lest thou shouldst ponder the path of life, her ways are movable, [that] thou canst not know [them].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Lest she should ponder the path of life, her ways wander, she knoweth not [whither].
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lest, the path of life, she should ponder, her tracks have wandered she knoweth not [whither].
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The path of life—lest thou ponder, Moved have her paths—thou knowest not.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— They walk not by the path of life, her steps are wandering, and unaccountable.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her wayes are moueable, [that] thou canst not know [them].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For she goes not upon the paths of life; but her ways are slippery, and not easily known.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
thou shouldest ponder 6424
{6424} Prime
A primitive root; properly to roll flat, that is, prepare (a road); also to revolve, that is, weigh (mentally).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
the path 734
{0734} Prime
From H0732; a well trodden road (literally or figuratively); also a caravan.
of life, 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
her ways 4570
{4570} Prime
From the same as H5696; a track (literally or figuratively); also a rampart (as circular).
are moveable, 5128
{5128} Prime
A primitive root; to waver, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively (as subjoined).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[that] thou canst not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
know 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 5:6

_ _ her ways ... know — Some prefer, “that she may not ponder the path of life,” etc.; 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.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 5:1-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 5:6

Lest — To prevent thy serious consideration. Moveable — She transforms herself into several shapes, and has a thousand arts to ensnare. Know — Thou canst not discover all her practice.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 5:6

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are (d) moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].

(d) She has always new means to allure to wickedness.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Psalms 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

the path:

Proverbs 11:19 As righteousness [tendeth] to life: so he that pursueth evil [pursueth it] to his own death.
Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.


Proverbs 6:12-13 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. ... He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Proverbs 7:10-21 And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. ... With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, ... And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
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Ps 16:11; 119:59. Pv 4:26; 6:12; 7:10; 11:19. 2Th 2:9.

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