5 My son, if you listen closely to my wisdom and good sense, 2 you will have sound judgment, and you will always know the right thing to say. 3 The words of an immoral woman may be as sweet as honey and as smooth as olive oil. 4 But all that you really get from being with her is bitter poison and pain. 5 If you follow her, she will lead you down to the world of the dead. 6 She has missed the path that leads to life and doesn’t even know it.
7 My son, listen to me and do everything I say. 8 Stay away from a bad woman! Don’t even go near the door of her house. 9 You will lose your self-respect and end up in debt to some cruel person for the rest of your life. 10 Strangers will get your money and everything else you have worked for. 11 When it’s all over, your body will waste away, as you groan 12 and shout, “I hated advice and correction! 13 I paid no attention to my teachers, 14 and now I am disgraced in front of everyone.”
15 You should be faithful to your wife, just as you take water from your own well.[a] 16 And don’t be like a stream from which just any woman may take a drink. 17 Save yourself for your wife and don’t have sex with other women. 18 Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. 19 She is beautiful and graceful, just like a deer; you should be attracted to her and stay deeply in love.
20 Don’t go crazy over a woman who is unfaithful to her own husband! 21 The Lord sees everything, and he watches us closely. 22 Sinners are trapped and caught by their own evil deeds. 23 They get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control.
5.15own well: In biblical times water was scarce and wells were carefully guarded.
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