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 keep reflection, and that thy lips may preserve knowledge.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of the strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; Proverbs 5:4 but her end 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 Lest she should ponder the path of life, her ways wander, she knoweth not [whither]. Proverbs 5:7 And now, children, 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 honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel; Proverbs 5:10 lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and the fruits of thy toil [come] into the house of a stranger; Proverbs 5:11 and thou mourn in thine end, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed; Proverbs 5:12 and thou say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof! Proverbs 5:13 and I have not hearkened unto the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to those that instructed me; Proverbs 5:14 I was well nigh in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
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 Thy fountains shall be poured forth, as water-brooks in the broadways. Proverbs 5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed; and have joy of the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 As a lovely hind and a graceful roe, let her breasts satisfy thee at all times: be thou ravished continually with her love. Proverbs 5:20 And why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah, and he pondereth 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 want of discipline; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.