American Standard Version

Proverbs 5

Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom; Incline thine ear to my understanding: Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge.

He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil: Proverbs 5:4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Proverbs 5:5 Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol; Proverbs 5:6 So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, [and] she knoweth [it] not. Proverbs 5:7 Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, And depart not from the words of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Remove thy way far from her, And come not nigh the door of her house; Proverbs 5:9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, And thy years unto the cruel; Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, And thy labors [be] in the house of an alien, Proverbs 5:11 And thou mourn at thy latter end, When thy flesh and thy body are consumed, Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof; Proverbs 5:13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! Proverbs 5:14 I was well-nigh in all evil In the midst of the assembly and congregation.

He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.

Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:16 Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, And streams of water in the streets? Proverbs 5:17 Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 [As] a loving hind and a pleasant doe, Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; And be thou ravished always with her love. Proverbs 5:20 For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah; And he maketh level all his paths.

The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of his sin. Proverbs 5:23 He shall die for lack of instruction; And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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