Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My sonne, geue hede vnto my wysdome, & bowe thine eare vnto my prudece: Proverbs 5:2 yt thou mayest regarde good councell, and that thy lippes maye kepe nurtoure.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lippes of an harlot are a droppinge hony combe, and hir throte is softer then oyle. Proverbs 5:4 But at ye last she is as bitter as wormwod, and as sharpe as a two edged swerde. Proverbs 5:5 Hir fete go downe vnto death, and hir steppes pearse thorow vnto hell. Proverbs 5:6 She regardeth not the path of life, so vnstedfast are hir wayes, that thou canst not knowe them. Proverbs 5:7 Heare me therfore (o my sonne) and departe not fro the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Kepe thy waye farre from her, and come not nye ye dores of hir house. Proverbs 5:9 That thou geue not thine honor vnto another, and thy yeares to the cruell. Proverbs 5:10 That other men be not fylled with thy goodes, & that thy labours come not in a straunge house. Proverbs 5:11 Yee that thou mourne not at the last (when thou hast spent thy body and goodes) Proverbs 5:12 and then saye: Alas, why hated I nurtoure? why dyd my hert despyse correccion? Proverbs 5:13 Wherfore was not I obedient vnto the voyce of my teachers, & herkened not vnto them that infourmed me? Proverbs 5:14 I am come almost in to all mysfortune, in the myddest of the multitude and congregacion.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drinke of the water of thine owne well, and of the ryuers that runne out of thine owne spriges. Proverbs 5:16 Let yi welles flowe out a brode, that there maye be ryuers of water in the stretes. Proverbs 5:17 But let them be only thine owne, & not straungers with the. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy well be blessed, and be glad with the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 Louynge is the hynde, and frendly is the Roo: let her brestes alwaye satisfie the, and holde the euer content with hir loue. Proverbs 5:20 My sonne, why wilt thou haue pleasure in an harlot, and embrace the bosome of another woma? Proverbs 5:21 For euery mas wayes are open in the sight of the LORDE, and he podereth all their goinges.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 The wickednesses of the vngodly shal catch himself, and with the snares of his owne synnes shal he be trapped. Proverbs 5:23 Because he wolde not be refourmed, he shal dye: and for his greate foolishnesse he shal be destroyed.