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Proverbs 5 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

My child, be attentive to my wisdom,
    and to my understanding incline your ear;
in order to keep prudence,
    and knowledge will guard your lips.
For the lips of the strange woman will drip honey,
    and smoother than oil is her mouth.[a]
But her end is bitter as the wormwood,
    sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps take hold of Sheol.[b]
She does not observe[c] the path of life;
    her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Do Not Commit Adultery Against Wisdom

Now, O children, listen to me;
    do not depart from the sayings of my mouth.
Keep your paths far from her,
    and do not go near to the door of her house,
lest you give your honor to the others,
    and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
    and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and you groan at your end,
    when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and say “How I hated discipline,
    and I despised reproof!”
13 and “I did not listen to the voice of my teachers,
    and I did not incline my ear to my instructors!
14 I was almost at utter[d] ruin[e]
    in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern
    and flowing waters from inside your own well.
16 Shall your springs be scattered outward?
    In the streets, shall there be streams of water?
17 May they be yours alone,
    and not for strangers who are with you.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
    and rejoice in the wife[f] of your youth.
19 She is a deer of love and a doe of grace;
    may her breasts satisfy you always;[g]
    by her love may you be intoxicated continually.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my child, by a strange woman,
    and embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21 For before the eyes of Yahweh are human ways,[h]
    and all his paths he examines.
22 His iniquities shall ensnare him, the evildoer,
    and in the vanity of his sin he shall be caught.
23 He shall die for lack of[i] discipline,
    and in the greatness of his folly he shall be lost.


  1. Proverbs 5:3 Or “palate”
  2. Proverbs 5:5 A term for the place where the dead reside, i.e., the Underworld
  3. Proverbs 5:6 Or “examine, weigh”
  4. Proverbs 5:14 Or “all, every, whole”
  5. Proverbs 5:14 Or “evil”
  6. Proverbs 5:18 Or “woman”
  7. Proverbs 5:19 Literally “at all time”
  8. Proverbs 5:21 Literally “the ways of man/humankind”
  9. Proverbs 5:23 Literally “with there is no”
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Proverbs 5 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Adultery

My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
    turn your ear to my words of insight,
that you may maintain discretion
    and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
    and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
    sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life;
    her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Now then, my sons, listen to me;
    do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her,
    do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others
    and your dignity[a] to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
    and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan,
    when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
    How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers
    or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble
    in the assembly of God’s people.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
    running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
    your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
    never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
    and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer
    may her breasts satisfy you always,
    may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
    Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
    and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
    led astray by their own great folly.


  1. Proverbs 5:9 Or years
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