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Proverbs 5 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Pitfalls of Immorality

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:1 - My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:2 - That you may observe discretion
And your lips may reserve knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:3 - For the lips of an [fn]adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her [fn]speech;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:4 - But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:5 - Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:6 - [fn]She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:7 - Now then, my sons, listen to me
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:8 - Keep your way far from her
And do not go near the door of her house,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:9 - Or you will give your vigor to others
And your years to the cruel one;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:10 - And strangers will be filled with your strength
And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:11 - And you groan at your [fn]final end,
When your flesh and your body are consumed;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:12 - And you say, “How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:13 - “I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:14 - “I was almost in utter ruin
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:15 - Drink water from your own cistern
And [fn]fresh water from your own well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:16 - Should your springs be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:17 - Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:18 - Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:19 - As a loving hind and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
Be [fn]exhilarated always with her love.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:20 - For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an [fn]adulteress
And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:21 - For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He watches all his paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:22 - His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:23 - He will die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: strange woman
Literally: palate
Literally: That she not watch
Or, latter
Literally: flowing
Literally: intoxicated
Literally: strange woman

New American Standard Bible 1995
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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