5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; ·listen [L bend your ear] to my words of understanding. 2 ·Be careful to use good sense [or So you might keep discrete] and ·watch what you say [L your lips might protect knowledge]. 3 The ·words of another man’s wife [lips of an immoral/L strange woman] may ·seem sweet as [L drip like] honey; ·they [L her tongue/palette] may be as smooth as olive oil. 4 But in the end she ·will bring you sorrow [L is bitter like wormwood], ·causing you pain [L sharp] like a two-edged sword. 5 ·She is on the way [L Her feet go down] to death; her steps ·are headed straight [or grab on] to ·the grave [L Sheol]. 6 She gives little thought to the path of life. ·She doesn’t even know that her ways are wrong [L Her paths wander and she does not even realize it].
7 Now, my sons, listen to me, and don’t ·ignore what I say [L turn aside from the speeches of my mouth]. 8 ·Stay away from such a woman [L Keep your path far from her]. Don’t even go near the ·door [entrance] of her house, 9 or you will give your ·riches [honor; or vitality; vigor] to others, and the best years of your life will be given to someone cruel. 10 Strangers will ·enjoy your wealth [or sap your strength], and what you worked so hard for will ·go to someone else [L end up in the house of a foreigner]. 11 You will groan at the end of your life when your ·health is gone [L body and flesh are exhausted]. 12 Then you will say, “I hated ·being told what to do [instruction; discipline]! ·I would not listen to [L My heart despised] correction! 13 I would not listen to my teachers or ·pay attention [extend my heart] to my instructors. 14 I ·came [or am] close to being completely ruined in front of ·a whole group of people [L the assembled congregation].”
15 ·Be faithful to your own wife [L Drink water from your own well; Song 4:10–15], ·just as you drink [L gushing] water from your own ·well [cistern]. 16 Don’t ·pour your water in the streets [L let your fountains burst forth outside]; ·don’t give your love to just any woman [L streams of water in the public squares]. 17 These things are yours alone and shouldn’t be shared with strangers. 18 ·Be happy with the wife you married when you were young [L Rejoice in the wife of your youth]. ·She gives you joy, as your fountain gives you water [L May your spring be blessed]. 19 She is a lovely deer and a graceful doe. Let her ·love [or breasts] always make you happy; let her love always ·hold you captive [intoxicate/inebriate you; Song 4:10]. 20 My son, ·don’t be held captive [L why should you be intoxicated/inebriated…?] by a ·woman who takes part in adultery [L stranger]. Don’t fondle the bosom of a ·woman who is not your wife [L foreigner].
21 The ·Lord sees everything you do [L eyes of the Lord are on the path of every person], and he watches ·where you go [L all their ways]. 22 An evil man will be ·caught [captured] in his wicked ways; the ropes of his sins will tie him up. 23 He will die ·because he does not control himself [L without discipline/instruction], and he will be ·held captive [or intoxicated; inebriated] by his ·foolishness [stupidity].
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