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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 5

5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:
5:2 That you may regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.
5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
5:6 Lest you should ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that you can not know them.
5:7 Hear me now therefore, O all of you children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
5:8 Remove your way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
5:9 Lest you give your honour unto others, and your years unto the cruel:
5:10 Lest strangers be filled with your wealth; and your labours be in the house of a stranger;
5:11 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
5:15 Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well.
5:16 Let your fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
5:17 Let them be only your own, and not strangers' with you.
5:18 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be you ravished always with her love.
5:20 And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his activities.
5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.
5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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