Warning Against Adultery

(A)My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
    (B)incline your ear to my understanding,
that you may keep (C)discretion,
    and your lips may (D)guard knowledge.
For the lips of (E)a forbidden[a] woman drip honey,
    and her speech[b] is (F)smoother than oil,
but in the end she is (G)bitter as (H)wormwood,
    (I)sharp as (J)a two-edged sword.
Her feet (K)go down to death;
    her steps follow the path to[c] Sheol;
she (L)does not ponder the path of life;
    her ways wander, and she does not know it.

And (M)now, O sons, listen to me,
    and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her,
    and do not go near the door of her house,
lest you give your honor to others
    and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
    and your (N)labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you (O)groan,
    when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, (P)“How I hated discipline,
    and my heart (Q)despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
    or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 (R)I am at the brink of utter ruin
    in the assembled congregation.”

15 Drink (S)water from your own cistern,
    flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your (T)springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water (U)in the streets?
17 (V)Let them be for yourself alone,
    and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your (W)fountain be blessed,
    and (X)rejoice in (Y)the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely (Z)deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts (AA)fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated[d] always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with (AB)a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of (AC)an adulteress?[e]
21 For (AD)a man's ways are (AE)before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he (AF)ponders[f] all his paths.
22 The (AG)iniquities of the wicked (AH)ensnare him,
    and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 (AI)He dies for lack of discipline,
    and because of his great folly he is (AJ)led astray.

Practical Warnings

My son, if you have put up (AK)security for your neighbor,
    have (AL)given your pledge for a stranger,
if you are (AM)snared in the words of your mouth,
    caught in the words of your mouth,
then do this, my son, and save yourself,
    for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
    go, hasten,[g] and (AN)plead urgently with your neighbor.
(AO)Give your eyes no sleep
    and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,[h]
    (AP)like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

(AQ)Go to (AR)the ant, O (AS)sluggard;
    consider her ways, and (AT)be wise.
(AU)Without having any chief,
    (AV)officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread (AW)in summer
    and (AX)gathers her food in harvest.
(AY)How long will you lie there, (AZ)O sluggard?
    When will you arise from your sleep?
10 (BA)A little sleep, a little slumber,
    (BB)a little (BC)folding of the hands to rest,
11 (BD)and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
    and want like an armed man.

12 (BE)A worthless person, a wicked man,
    goes about with (BF)crooked speech,
13 (BG)winks with his eyes, signals[i] with his feet,
    points with his finger,
14 with (BH)perverted heart (BI)devises evil,
    continually (BJ)sowing discord;
15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
    (BK)in a moment he will be broken (BL)beyond healing.

16 There are (BM)six things that the Lord hates,
    (BN)seven that are an abomination to him:
17 (BO)haughty eyes, (BP)a lying tongue,
    and (BQ)hands that shed innocent blood,
18 (BR)a heart that devises wicked plans,
    (BS)feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 (BT)a false witness who (BU)breathes out lies,
    and one who (BV)sows discord among brothers.

Warnings Against Adultery

20 (BW)My son, keep your father's commandment,
    (BX)and forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 (BY)Bind them on your heart always;
    (BZ)tie them around your neck.
22 (CA)When you walk, they[j] will lead you;
    (CB)when you lie down, they will (CC)watch over you;
    and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is (CD)a lamp and the teaching a light,
    and the (CE)reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,[k]
    from the smooth tongue of (CF)the adulteress.[l]
25 (CG)Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
    and do not let her capture you with her (CH)eyelashes;
26 for (CI)the price of a prostitute is only (CJ)a loaf of bread,[m]
    but a married woman[n] (CK)hunts down a precious life.
27 Can a man carry (CL)fire next to his (CM)chest
    and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one (CN)walk on hot coals
    and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
    none who touches her (CO)will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to (CP)satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but (CQ)if he is caught, he will pay (CR)sevenfold;
    he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
    he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
    and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For (CS)jealousy makes a man furious,
    and he will not spare when (CT)he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
    he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

Warning Against the Adulteress

(CU)My son, keep my words
    and (CV)treasure up my commandments with you;
(CW)keep my commandments and live;
    keep my teaching as (CX)the apple of your eye;
(CY)bind them on your fingers;
    (CZ)write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and call insight your intimate friend,
to keep you from (DA)the forbidden[o] woman,
    from (DB)the adulteress[p] with her smooth words.

For at (DC)the window of my house
    I have looked out through my lattice,
and I have seen among (DD)the simple,
    I have perceived among the youths,
    a young man (DE)lacking sense,
passing along the street (DF)near her corner,
    taking the road to her house
in (DG)the twilight, in the evening,
    at (DH)the time of night and darkness.

10 And behold, the woman meets him,
    (DI)dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.[q]
11 She is (DJ)loud and (DK)wayward;
    (DL)her feet do not stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the market,
    and (DM)at every corner she (DN)lies in wait.
13 She seizes him and kisses him,
    and with (DO)bold face she says to him,
14 “I had to (DP)offer sacrifices,[r]
    and today I have (DQ)paid my vows;
15 so now I have come out to meet you,
    to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with (DR)coverings,
    colored linens from (DS)Egyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with (DT)myrrh,
    aloes, and (DU)cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
    let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For (DV)my husband is not at home;
    he has gone on a long journey;
20 he took a bag of money with him;
    at full moon he will come home.”

21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
    with (DW)her smooth talk she compels him.
22 All at once he follows her,
    as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast[s]
23     till an arrow pierces its liver;
as (DX)a bird rushes into a snare;
    he does not know that it will cost him his life.

24 And (DY)now, O sons, listen to me,
    and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
    do not stray into her paths,
26 for many a victim has she laid low,
    and all her slain are (DZ)a mighty throng.
27 Her house is (EA)the way to Sheol,
    going down to the chambers of death.


  1. Proverbs 5:3 Hebrew strange; also verse 20
  2. Proverbs 5:3 Hebrew palate
  3. Proverbs 5:5 Hebrew lay hold of
  4. Proverbs 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
  5. Proverbs 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman
  6. Proverbs 5:21 Or makes level
  7. Proverbs 6:3 Or humble yourself
  8. Proverbs 6:5 Hebrew lacks of the hunter
  9. Proverbs 6:13 Hebrew scrapes
  10. Proverbs 6:22 Hebrew it; three times in this verse
  11. Proverbs 6:24 Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
  12. Proverbs 6:24 Hebrew the foreign woman
  13. Proverbs 6:26 Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
  14. Proverbs 6:26 Hebrew a man's wife
  15. Proverbs 7:5 Hebrew strange
  16. Proverbs 7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman
  17. Proverbs 7:10 Hebrew guarded in heart
  18. Proverbs 7:14 Hebrew peace offerings
  19. Proverbs 7:22 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew as a chain to discipline a fool

The Resurrection

20 (A)Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that (B)the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, (C)the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and (D)we do not know where they have laid him.” (E)So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw (F)the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and (G)the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, (H)who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet (I)they did not understand the Scripture, (J)that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And (K)she saw (L)two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, (M)“Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, (N)“They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and (O)saw Jesus standing, (P)but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, (Q)“Woman, why are you weeping? (R)Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be (S)the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[b] (T)“Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to (U)my brothers and say to them, (V)‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to (W)my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene (X)went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 (Y)On the evening (Z)of that day, the first day of the week, (AA)the doors being locked where the disciples were (AB)for fear of the Jews,[c] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, (AC)“Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, (AD)he showed them his hands and his side. Then (AE)the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As (AF)the Father has sent me, (AG)even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he (AH)breathed on them and said to them, (AI)“Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 (AJ)If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Jesus and Thomas

24 Now (AK)Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin,[d] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, (AL)“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. (AM)Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, (AN)“Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, (AO)“Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, (AP)“My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? (AQ)Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 (AR)Now Jesus did many other signs (AS)in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 (AT)but these are written so that you may (AU)believe that Jesus is the Christ, (AV)the Son of God, and that by believing (AW)you may have life (AX)in his name.


  1. John 20:7 Greek his
  2. John 20:16 Or Hebrew
  3. John 20:19 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time
  4. John 20:24 Greek Didymus

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