18 Let your (A)fountain be blessed,
    and (B)rejoice in (C)the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely (D)deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts (E)fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated[a] always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with (F)a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of (G)an adulteress?[b]
21 For (H)a man's ways are (I)before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he (J)ponders[c] all his paths.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
  2. Proverbs 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman
  3. Proverbs 5:21 Or makes level

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