Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 O my sonne, geue hede vnto my wysdome, and bow thyne eare vnto my prudence: Proverbs 5:2 that thou mayest regarde good councel, and that thy lyppes may kepe nourtoure.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lyppes of an harlot are a droppynge combe, and her throte is softer then oyle. Proverbs 5:4 But at the laste she is as bytter as worme wode, and as sharpe as a two edged sweard. Proverbs 5:5 Her fete go downe vnto death, and her steps pearse thorow vnto hel. Proverbs 5:6 She regardeth not the path of life, so vnstedfast are her waies, that thou canst not know them. Proverbs 5:7 Heare me therefore (O my sonne) and departe not from þe wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Kepe thy way far from her, and come not nye the dores of her house. Proverbs 5:9 That thou geue not thyne honoure vnto another, and thy yeares to the cruell. Proverbs 5:10 That other men be not filled wt thy goods & þt thy labours come not in a strang house. Proverbs 5:11 Yea þt thou mourne not at þe last (when thou hast spent thy body & goods) Proverbs 5:12 and then say: Alas why hated I nourtoure? why dyd my herte despys correction. Proverbs 5:13 Wherfore was not I obedyente vnto þe voyce of my teachers, & herkened not vnto them that infourmed me? Proverbs 5:14 I am come almoste into all mysfortune, in the middest of the multytude and congregacion.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drinke of the water of thine owne wel, and of the riuers that runne out of thine owne springes. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy welles flowe out abroad, that ther may be ryuers of water in the stretes: Proverbs 5:17 but let them be only thyne owne, and not strangers wyth the. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy well be blessed, and be glad wyth the wyfe of thy youth. Proverbs 5:19 Louyng is the hind, & frendly is þe Roo: let her brestes alway satisfye the, and holde the euer content wyth her loue. Proverbs 5:20 My sonne, why wilt thou haue pleasure in an harlotte, and embrace the bosome of another woman? Proverbs 5:21 For euery mannes waies are open in the sight of the Lorde, and he pondreth all their goynges.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 The wyckednesses of the vngodly shal catch him selfe, and with the snares of of his owne synnes shall he be trapped. Proverbs 5:23 Because he wold not be refourmed he shall dye: and for his greate folyshnesse he shalbe destroyed.