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Proverbs 5 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Avoid Seduction

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My son, pay attention to my wisdom;

listen closely[fn] to my understanding

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so that you may maintain discretion

and your lips safeguard knowledge.

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Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey

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in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood

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Her feet go down to death;

her steps head straight for Sheol.

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She doesn’t consider the path of life;

she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.

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Keep your way far from her.

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Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others

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strangers will drain your resources,

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At the end of your life, you will lament

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“I am on the verge of complete ruin

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Enjoy Marriage

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Drink water from your own cistern,

water flowing from your own well.

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Should your springs flow in the streets,

streams in the public squares?

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They should be for you alone

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Let your fountain be blessed,

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A loving deer, a graceful doe[fn] —

let her breasts always satisfy you;

be lost in her love forever.

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For a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes,

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A wicked man’s iniquities will trap him;

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He will die because there is no discipline,

and be lost because of his great stupidity.

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Lit wisdom; stretch out your ear
Lit her palate is
Lit or turn my ear
Or graceful mountain goat

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