Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My sonne, hearken vnto my wisedome, & incline thine eare vnto my knowledge. Proverbs 5:2 That thou maiest regarde counsell, and thy lippes obserue knowledge.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lippes of a strange woman drop as an honie combe, and her mouth is more soft then oyle. Proverbs 5:4 But the end of her is bitter as wormewood, and sharpe as a two edged sworde. Proverbs 5:5 Her feete goe downe to death, and her steps take holde on hell. Proverbs 5:6 She weigheth not the way of life: her paths are moueable: thou canst not knowe them. Proverbs 5:7 Heare yee me nowe therefore, O children, and depart not from the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Keepe thy way farre from her, and come not neere the doore of her house, Proverbs 5:9 Least thou giue thine honor vnto others, and thy yeeres to the cruell: Proverbs 5:10 Least the stranger should be filled with thy strength, and thy labours bee in the house of a stranger, Proverbs 5:11 And thou mourne at thine end, (when thou hast consumed thy flesh and thy bodie) Proverbs 5:12 And say, How haue I hated instruction, and mine heart despised correction! Proverbs 5:13 And haue not obeied the voyce of them that taught mee, nor enclined mine eare to them that instructed me! Proverbs 5:14 I was almost brought into all euil in ye mids of the Congregation and assemblie.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drinke the water of thy cisterne, and of the riuers out of the middes of thine owne well. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy fountaines flow foorth, and the riuers of waters in the streetes. Proverbs 5:17 But let them bee thine, euen thine onely, and not the strangers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountaine be blessed, and reioyce with the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 Let her be as the louing hinde and pleasant roe: let her brests satisfie thee at all times, and delite in her loue continually. Proverbs 5:20 For why shouldest thou delite, my sonne, in a strange woman, or embrace the bosome of a stranger? Proverbs 5:21 For the waies of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his pathes.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 His owne iniquities shall take the wicked himselfe, and he shall be holden with the cordes of his owne sinne. Proverbs 5:23 Hee shall die for faute of instruction, and shall goe astraie through his great follie.