5 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; 2 That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of an [a]adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her [b]speech; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol. 6 [c]She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth. 8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, 9 Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one; 10 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; 11 And you groan at your [d]final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed; 12 And you say, “How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! 13 “I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors! 14 “I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern And [e]fresh water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be [f]exhilarated always with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an [g]adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? 21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths. 22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. 23 He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Proverbs 6:20-35New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the [a]teaching of your mother; 21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk about, [b]they will guide you; When you sleep, [c]they will watch over you; And when you awake, [d]they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the [e]teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the [f]adulteress. 25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. 26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And [g]an adulteress hunts for the precious life. 27 Can a man [h]take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? 29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her will not [i]go unpunished. 30 [j]Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy [k]himself when he is hungry; 31 But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the [l]substance of his house. 32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking [m]sense; He who would destroy [n]himself does it. 33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. 34 For jealousy [o]enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not [p]accept any ransom, Nor will he be [q]satisfied though you give many [r]gifts.
7 My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. 2 Keep my commandments and live, And my [a]teaching as the [b]apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend; 5 That they may keep you from an [c]adulteress, From the foreigner who [d]flatters with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, 7 And I saw among the [e]naive, And discerned among the [f]youths A young man lacking [g]sense, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; And he [h]takes the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the [i]evening, In the [j]middle of the night and in the darkness. 10 And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. 11 She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; 12 She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. 13 So she seizes him and kisses him [k]And with a brazen face she says to him: 14 “[l]I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows. 15 “Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. 16 “I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt. 17 “I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18 “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses. 19 “For [m]my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey; 20 He has taken a bag of money [n]with him, At the full moon he will come home.” 21 With her many persuasions she entices him; With her [o]flattering lips she seduces him. 22 Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as [p]one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, 23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth. 25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths. 26 For many are the [q]victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 30:18-19New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.
31 The words of King Lemuel, the [a]oracle which his mother taught him:
2 What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? 3 Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink, 5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the [b]rights of all the [c]afflicted. 6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him [d]whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more. 8 Open your mouth for the mute, For the [e]rights of all the [f]unfortunate. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And [g]defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Proverbs 31:10-31New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Description of a Worthy Woman
10 An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her [a]hands [b]in delight. 14 She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. 15 She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And [c]portions to her maidens. 16 She considers a field and buys it; From [d]her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She girds [e]herself with strength And makes her arms strong. 18 She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her [f]hands grasp the spindle. 20 She [g]extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And [h]supplies belts to the [i]tradesmen. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the [j]future. 26 She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the [k]teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29 “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who [l]fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the [m]product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
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