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Proverbs 5

Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and incline thy ear to my prudence, Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayst keep thoughts, and thy lips may preserve instruction. Mind not the deceit of a woman.

He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, and her throat is smoother than oil. Proverbs 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword. Proverbs 5:5 Her feet go down into death, and her steps go in as far as hell. Proverbs 5:6 They walk not by the path of life, her steps are wandering, and unaccountable. Proverbs 5:7 Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the doors of her house. Proverbs 5:9 Give not thy honour to strangers, and thy years to the cruel. Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, and thy labours be in another man's house, Proverbs 5:11 And thou mourn at the last, when thou shalt have spent thy flesh and thy body, and say; Proverbs 5:12 Why have I hated instruction, and my heart consented not to reproof, Proverbs 5:13 And have not heard the voice of them that taught me, and have not inclined my ear to masters? Proverbs 5:14 I have almost been in all evil, in the midst of the church and of the congregation.

He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.

Proverbs 5:15 Drink water out of thy own cistern, and the streams of thy own well: Proverbs 5:16 Let thy fountains be conveyed abroad, and in the streets divide thy waters. Proverbs 5:17 Keep them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy vein be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth: Proverbs 5:19 Let her be thy dearest hind, and most agreeable fawn: let her breasts inebriate thee at all times: be thou delighted continually with her love. Proverbs 5:20 Why art thou seduced, my son, by a strange woman, and art cherished in the bosom of another? Proverbs 5:21 The Lord beholdeth the ways of man, and considereth all his steps.

The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities catch the wicked, and he is fast bound with the ropes of his own sins. Proverbs 5:23 He shall die, because he hath not received instruction, and in the multitude of his folly he shall be deceived.

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