Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My son, to my wisdom, attend, and, to mine understanding, incline thou thine ear: Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest preserve discretion,and, as for knowledge, that thy lips may guard it.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For, with sweet droppings, drip the lips of her that is a stranger, and, smoother than oil, is her mouth; Proverbs 5:4 But, the latter end of her, is bitter as wormwood, sharp, as a two-edged sword! Proverbs 5:5 Her feet, are going down to death,on hades, will her steps take firm hold. Proverbs 5:6 Lest, the path of life, she should ponder, her tracks have wandered she knoweth not [whither]. Proverbs 5:7 Now, therefore, ye sons, hearken unto me, and do not turn away from the sayings of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Keep far from her thy way, and do not go near the opening of her house: Proverbs 5:9 Lest thou give, to other men, thy vigour, and thy years, to him that is cruel: Proverbs 5:10 Lest strange men, be well fed, by thy strength, and, thy toils, be in the house of the alien. Proverbs 5:11 So shalt thou grieve in thy latter end, in the failing of thy flesh and of thy healthy condition; Proverbs 5:12 And thou shalt sayHow I hated correction! and, reproof, my heart disdained; Proverbs 5:13 Neither hearkened I to the voice of my teachers, nor, to my instructors, inclined I mine ear: Proverbs 5:14 Soon was I in all evil, in the midst of convocation and assembly.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drink thou water out of thine own cistern, and flowing streams out of the midst of thine own well. Proverbs 5:16 Let not thy fountains, flow over, abroad, in the streets, dividings of waters: Proverbs 5:17 Let them be for thyself, alone, and not for strangers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy well-spring be blessed,and get thy joy from the wife of thy youth: Proverbs 5:19 A loving hind! a graceful doe! let, her bosom, content thee at all times, and, in her love, mayst thou stray evermore. Proverbs 5:20 Wherefore, then, shouldst thou stray, my son, with a strange woman? or embrace the bosom of a woman unknown? Proverbs 5:21 For, before the eyes of Yahweh, are the ways of a man,and, all his tracks, doth he consider:
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities, shall entrap him with the lawless, and, by the cords of his own sin, shall he be seized. Proverbs 5:23 He, shall die, for lack of discipline, and, by the abounding of his perversity, shall he be lost.