Solomon exhorteth to the study of wisdom.
Proverbs 5:1 My son! to my wisdom give attention, To mine understanding incline thine ear, Proverbs 5:2 To observe thoughtfulness, And knowledge do thy lips keep.
He sheweth the mischief of whoredom and riot.
Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And smoother than oil [is] her mouth, Proverbs 5:4 And her latter end [is] bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a sword [with] mouths. Proverbs 5:5 Her feet are going down to death, Sheol do her steps take hold of. Proverbs 5:6 The path of lifelest thou ponder, Moved have her pathsthou knowest not. Proverbs 5:7 And now, ye sons, hearken to me, And turn not from sayings of my mouth. Proverbs 5:8 Keep far from off her thy way, And come not near unto the opening of her house, Proverbs 5:9 Lest thou give to others thy honour, And thy years to the fierce, Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled [with] thy power, And thy labours in the house of a stranger, Proverbs 5:11 And thou hast howled in thy latter end, In the consumption of thy flesh and thy food, Proverbs 5:12 And hast said, 'How have I hated instruction, And reproof hath my heart despised, Proverbs 5:13 And I have not hearkened to the voice of my directors, And to my teachers have not inclined mine ear. Proverbs 5:14 As a little thing I have been all evil, In the midst of an assembly and a company.
He exhorteth to contentedness, liberality, and charity.
Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, Even flowing ones out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:16 Let thy fountains be scattered abroad, In broad places rivulets of waters. Proverbs 5:17 Let them be to thee for thyself, And not to strangers with thee. Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed, And rejoice because of the wife of thy youth, Proverbs 5:19 A hind of loves, and a roe of grace! Let her loves satisfy thee at all times, In her love magnify thyself continually. Proverbs 5:20 And why dost thou magnify thyself, My son, with a stranger? And embrace the bosom of a strange woman? Proverbs 5:21 For over-against the eyes of Jehovah are the ways of each, And all his paths He is pondering.
The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities do capture the wicked, And with the ropes of his sin he is holden. Proverbs 5:23 He dieth without instruction, And in the abundance of his folly magnifieth himself!