Proverbs, Chapter 5 - Avoiding Temptation, Fidelity, and Consequences

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Proverbs 5:1
My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding,
Proverbs 5:2
That you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.
Proverbs 5:3
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
Proverbs 5:4
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Proverbs 5:5
Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.
Proverbs 5:6
She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.
Proverbs 5:7
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 5:8
Remove your way far from her. Don’t come near the door of her house,
Proverbs 5:9
Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;
Proverbs 5:10
Lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man’s house.
Proverbs 5:11
You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
Proverbs 5:12
And say, “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof.
Proverbs 5:13
I haven’t obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!
Proverbs 5:14
I have come to the brink of utter ruin, among the gathered assembly.”
Proverbs 5:15
Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.
Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?
Proverbs 5:17
Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.
Proverbs 5:18
Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Proverbs 5:19
A loving doe and a graceful deer— let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.
Proverbs 5:20
For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?
Proverbs 5:21
For the ways of man are before Yahweh’s eyes. He examines all his paths.
Proverbs 5:22
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.
Proverbs 5:23
He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.

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