Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My sonne, attend vnto my wisedome, [and] bowe thine eare to my vnderstanding. Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keepe knowledge.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange [woman] drop [as] an hony combe, and her mouth [is] smoother then oyle. Proverbs 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormewood, sharpe as a two edged sword. Proverbs 5:5 Her feete goe downe to death: her steps take hold on hell. Proverbs 5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her wayes are moueable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. Proverbs 5:7 Heare me now therefore, O yee children: & depart not from the words of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Remoue thy way farre from her, and come not nie the doore of her house: Proverbs 5:9 Lest thou giue thine honour vnto others, and thy yeeres vnto the cruell: Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy labors [be] in the house of a stranger, Proverbs 5:11 And thou mourne at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, Proverbs 5:12 And say, How haue I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproofe? Proverbs 5:13 And haue not obeyed the voyce of my teachers, nor inclined mine eare to them that instructed me? Proverbs 5:14 I was almost in all euill, in the midst of the congregation & assembly.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drinke waters out of thine owne cisterne, and running waters out of thine owne well. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy fountaines bee dispersed abroad, [and] riuers of waters in the streets. Proverbs 5:17 Let them be onely thine owne, and not strangers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountaine be blessed: and reioyce with the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 [Let her bee as] the louing Hinde and pleasant Roe, let her breasts satisfie thee at all times, and be thou rauisht alwayes with her loue. Proverbs 5:20 And why wilt thou, my sonne, be rauisht with a strange woman, and imbrace the bosome of a stranger? Proverbs 5:21 For the wayes of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 His owne iniquities shall take the wicked himselfe, and he shall be holden with the coards of his sinnes. Proverbs 5:23 He shall die without instruction, and in the greatnesse of his folly he shal goe astray.