NASB — Proverbs 5 — KJV

Pitfalls of Immorality

  1 My son, agive attention to my wisdom,
  bIncline your ear to my understanding;
  2 That you may aobserve discretion
  And your blips may reserve knowledge.
  3 For the lips of an Iaadulteress bdrip honey
  And csmoother than oil is her IIspeech;
  4 But in the end she is abitter as wormwood,
  bSharp as a two-edged sword.
  5 Her feet ago down to death,
  Her steps take hold of Sheol.
  6 IShe does not ponder the apath of life;
  Her ways are bunstable, she cdoes not know [it].

[1] aPv 4:20 bPv 22:17
[2] aPv 3:21 bMal 2:7
[3] ILit strange woman IILit palate aPv 2:16; 5:20; 7:5; 22:14 bSo 4:11 cPs 55:21
[4] aEc 7:26 bPs 57:4; He 4:12
[5] aPv 7:27
[6] ILit That she not watch aPv 4:26; 5:21 b2P 2:14 cPv 30:20

  7aNow then, [my] sons, listen to me
  And bdo not depart from the words of my mouth.
  8 aKeep your way far from her
  And do not go near the bdoor of her house,
  9 Or you will give your vigor to others
  And your years to the cruel one;
  10 And strangers will be filled with your strength
  And your hard-earned goods [will go] to the house of an alien;
  11 And you groan at your Ifinal end,
  When your flesh and your body are consumed;
  12 And you say, “How I have ahated instruction!
  And my heart bspurned reproof!
  13 “I have not listened to the voice of my ateachers,
  Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
  14 “I was almost in utter ruin
  In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

[7] aPv 7:24 bPs 119:102
[8] aPv 7:25 bPv 9:14
[11] IOr latter
[12] aPv 1:7, 22, 29 bPv 1:25; 12:1
[13] aPv 1:8

  15 ¶ Drink water from your own cistern
  And Ifresh water from your own well.
  16 Should your asprings be dispersed abroad,
  Streams of water in the streets?
  17 Let them be yours alone
  And not for strangers with you.
  18 Let your afountain be blessed,
  And brejoice in the cwife of your youth.
  19 [As] a loving ahind and a graceful doe,
  Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
  Be Iexhilarated always with her love.
  20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an Iaadulteress
  And embrace the bosom of a bforeigner?
  21 For the aways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
  And He bwatches all his paths.
  22 His aown iniquities will capture the wicked,
  And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
  23 He will adie for lack of instruction,
  And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

[15] ILit flowing
[16] aPv 5:18; 9:17; So 4:12, 15
[18] aPv 9:17; So 4:12, 15 bEc 9:9 cMal 2:14
[19] ILit intoxicated aSo 2:9, 17; 4:5; 7:3
[20] ILit strange woman aPv 5:3 bPv 2:16; 6:24; 7:5; 23:27
[21] aJb 14:16; 31:4; 34:21; Ps 119:168; Pv 15:3; Jr 16:17; 32:19; Ho 7:2; He 4:13 bPv 4:26
[22] aNu 32:23; Ps 7:15; 9:15; 40:12; Pv 1:31, 32
[23] aJb 4:21; 36:12


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Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.

1 ¶ My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding: 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge.

[1] Pv 2:1; 4:1, 20; 22:17; Mt 3:9; Mk 4:23; Jm 1:19; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
[2] Ps 45:2; 71:15; 119:13; Pv 10:21; 15:2, 7; 16:23; 20:15; So 4:11; Mal 2:6.

He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.

3 ¶ For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

[3] Ps 55:21; Pv 2:16; 6:24; 7:21; Rv 17:2.
[4] Jg 16:4, 15; Ps 55:21; Pv 6:24; 7:22; 9:18; 23:27; Ec 7:26; He 4:12; 12:15.
[5] Pv 2:18; 7:27.
[6] Ps 16:11; 119:59; Pv 4:26; 6:12; 7:10; 11:19; 2Th 2:9.
[7] Pv 3:21; 4:1, 21; 8:32; 22:17; He 12:25.
[8] Pv 4:15; 6:27; Mt 6:13; Ep 5:11.
[9] Gn 38:23; Jg 16:19; Ne 13:26; Pv 6:29; Ho 4:13.
[10] Pv 6:35; 31:3; Ho 7:9; Lk 15:30.
[11] Nu 5:27; Dt 32:29; Pv 7:23; Jr 5:31; Ro 6:21; 1Co 5:4; He 13:4; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[12] Gn 19:9; Ex 2:13; 2Ch 24:20; 25:16; 33:10; 36:16; Ps 50:17; 73:22; Pv 1:7, 22, 25, 29; 6:23; 12:1; 13:18; 15:5; Jr 44:4; Zc 1:4; 7:11; Jn 3:19.
[13] Lk 15:18; 1Th 4:8; 5:12; He 13:7.
[14] Nu 25:1; Pv 13:20; Ho 4:11; 1Co 10:6; 2P 2:10; Jde 1:7.

He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.

15 ¶ Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 [Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? 21 For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

[15] Pv 5:18; 1Co 7:2; He 13:4.
[16] Gn 24:60; Dt 33:28; Jg 12:9; Ps 68:26; 127:3; 128:3; Is 48:21.
[18] Ec 9:9; Mal 2:14.
[19] 2S 12:4; Pv 5:15; So 2:9; 4:5; 7:3; 8:14.
[20] 1K 11:1; Pv 2:16; 6:24; 7:5; 22:14; 23:27, 33.
[21] 2Ch 16:9; Jb 31:4; 34:21; Ps 11:4; 17:3; 139:1; Pv 15:3; Jr 16:17; 17:10; 23:24; 32:19; Ho 7:2; He 4:13; Rv 2:18, 23.

The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

22 ¶ His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

[22] Ps 7:15; 9:15; Pv 1:18, 31; 11:3, 5; Ec 7:26; Jr 2:19; Ho 4:11; 1Co 5:9; Ga 5:19; 6:7; Ep 5:5; He 13:4.
[23] Jb 4:21; 36:12; Ps 81:12; Pv 10:21; 14:14, 32; 2P 2:15.


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