Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 5

Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.

Proverbs 5:1 My sonne geue heede vnto my wisdome, and bowe thyne eare vnto my prudence: Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regarde good counsell, and that thy lippes may kepe knowledge.

He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.

Proverbs 5:3 For the lippes of a straunge woman are a dropping hony combe, and her throte is more glistering then oyle: Proverbs 5:4 But at the laste she is as bitter as wormewood, and as sharpe as a two edged sworde. Proverbs 5:5 Her feete go downe vnto death, and her steppes pearce thorowe vnto hell. Proverbs 5:6 Perchaunce thou wylt ponder the path of her lyfe: so vnstedfast are her wayes that thou canst not know them. Proverbs 5:7 Heare me nowe therefore O ye chyldren, and depart not from the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Kepe thy way farre from her, & come not nigh the doores of her house. Proverbs 5:9 That thou geue not thy honour vnto other, and thy yeres to the cruell: Proverbs 5:10 That other men be not filled with thy vertues, and that thy labours come not in a straunge house. Proverbs 5:11 Yea, that thou mourne not at the last, when thou hast spent thy bodye and lustie youth, and then say: Proverbs 5:12 Alas, why hated I nurture? why did my heart dispise correction? Proverbs 5:13 Wherefore was not I obedient vnto the voyce of my teachers, and hearkened not vnto them that enfourmed me? Proverbs 5:14 I was come almost into all misfortune, in the middest of the multitude and congregation.

He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.

Proverbs 5:15 Drinke of the water of thyne owne well, and of the riuers that runne out of thyne owne spring. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy welles flowe out abrode, that there may be riuers of waters in the streates: Proverbs 5:17 But let them be onlye thyne owne, and not straungers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy well be blessed, and be glad with the wyfe of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 Let her be as the louyng Hinde and pleasaunt Roe: let her breastes alway satisfie thee, and holde thee euer content with her loue. Proverbs 5:20 Why wylt thou my sonne haue pleasure in a straunge woman, and embrace the bosome of a straunger? Proverbs 5:21 For euery mans wayes are open in the sight of the Lord, and he pondereth all their goynges.

The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

Proverbs 5:22 The wickednes of the vngodly shall catche him selfe, and with the snares of his owne sinne shall he be trapped. Proverbs 5:23 He shall dye without amendement, and for his great foolishnes he shall go astray.

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