English Revised 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 her latter 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 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 honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength; and thy labours [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 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 Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, and rivers 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 stranger? Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, 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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