Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My sonne, geue hede vnto my wysdome, and bowe thyne eare vnto my prudence: Proverbs 5:2 that thou mayest regarde good councel, and that thy lippes maye kepe knowledge
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For þe lyppes of an harlot are a droppyng hony combe and her throte is more glisterynge them oyle. Proverbs 5:4 But at the last she is as bytter as wormwod, and as sharpe as a two edged swerde. Proverbs 5:5 Her fete go downe vnto death and her steppes pearse thorowe vnto hell. Proverbs 5:6 Parchaunse thou dwellynge with her wylt ponder the path of lyfe? so vnstedfast are her wayes, þt thou canst not knowe them. Proverbs 5:7 Heare me nowe therfore (O my sonnes) & departe not from the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Kepe thy waye farre from her, and come not nye the dores of her house. Proverbs 5:9 That thou geue not thy strength vnto other, & thy yeares to þe cruell. Proverbs 5:10 That other men be not fylled with thy goodes, and that thy laboures come not in a straunge house. Proverbs 5:11 Yee that thou mourne not at the last (when thou hast spent thy body and lusty greane youth) Proverbs 5:12 and then saye: Alas, why hated I nourtoure: why did my herte despise correccion? Proverbs 5:13 Wherfore was not I obedient vnto the voyce of my teachers, and herkened not vnto them that infourmed me? Proverbs 5:14 I am come almost into all misfortune, in the myddest of the multitude and congregacion.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drincke of the water, of thyne awne well and of þe ryuers that runne out of thyne awne springes. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy welles flowe out abroade, that there may he ryuers of water in the stretes: Proverbs 5:17 but let them be onely thyne awne, and not straungers with the. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy well be blessed and be glad with the wyfe of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 Louinge is the hynde, and frendly is the Roo: let her brestes alwaye satisfye the, and holde the euer content with her loue. Proverbs 5:20 My sonne, why wylt thou haue pleasure in an harlot, & embrace the bosome, of another woman? Proverbs 5:21 For euery mans wayes are open in the syght of the Lorde, and he pondreth all theyr goynges.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 The wyckednesse of the vngodly shall catch hymselfe, and with the snares of hys awne synnes shall he be trapped. Proverbs 5:23 He shall dye without amendement, and for hys greate folyshnesse he shall go astraye.