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Proverbs 5:3-23 World English Bible (WEB)

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey.
    Her mouth is smoother than oil,
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood,
    and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death.
    Her steps lead straight to Sheol.[a]
She gives no thought to the way of life.
    Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.

Now therefore, my sons, listen to me.
    Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.
Remove your way far from her.
    Don’t come near the door of her house,
lest you give your honor to others,
    and your years to the cruel one;
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth,
    and your labors enrich another man’s house.
11 You will groan at your latter end,
    when your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 and say, “How I have hated instruction,
    and my heart despised reproof;
13 neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers,
    nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
    among the gathered assembly.”

15 Drink water out of your own cistern,
    running water out of your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
    streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
    not for strangers with you.
18 Let your spring be blessed.
    Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe and a graceful deer—
    let her breasts satisfy you at all times.
    Be captivated always with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress?
    Why embrace the bosom of another?
21 For the ways of man are before Yahweh’s eyes.
    He examines all his paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him.
    The cords of his sin hold him firmly.
23 He will die for lack of instruction.
    In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 5:5 Sheol is the place of the dead.
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Proverbs 5:3-23 New International Version (NIV)

For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
    and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
    sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life;
    her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Now then, my sons, listen to me;
    do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her,
    do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others
    and your dignity[a] to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
    and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan,
    when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
    How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers
    or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble
    in the assembly of God’s people.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
    running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
    your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
    never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
    and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer
    may her breasts satisfy you always,
    may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
    Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
    and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
    led astray by their own great folly.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 5:9 Or years
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Proverbs 6:20-35 World English Bible (WEB)

20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
    and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them continually on your heart.
    Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, it will lead you.
    When you sleep, it will watch over you.
    When you awake, it will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp,
    and the law is light.
    Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 to keep you from the immoral woman,
    from the flattery of the wayward wife’s tongue.
25 Don’t lust after her beauty in your heart,
    neither let her captivate you with her eyelids.
26 For a prostitute reduces you to a piece of bread.
    The adulteress hunts for your precious life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap,
    and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coals,
    and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife.
    Whoever touches her will not be unpunished.
30 Men don’t despise a thief,
    if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry:
31 but if he is found, he shall restore seven times.
    He shall give all the wealth of his house.
32 He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding.
    He who does it destroys his own soul.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor.
    His reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy arouses the fury of the husband.
    He won’t spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He won’t regard any ransom,
    neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.

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Proverbs 6:20-35 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s command
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
    fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
    from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
    or let her captivate you with her eyes.

26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
    but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
    without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
    without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
    no one who touches her will go unpunished.

30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
    though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
    whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
    and his shame will never be wiped away.

34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
    and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
    he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.

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Proverbs 7:4-27 World English Bible (WEB)

Tell wisdom, “You are my sister.”
    Call understanding your relative,
that they may keep you from the strange woman,
    from the foreigner who flatters with her words.
For at the window of my house,
    I looked out through my lattice.
I saw among the simple ones.
    I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,
passing through the street near her corner,
    he went the way to her house,
in the twilight, in the evening of the day,
    in the middle of the night and in the darkness.
10 Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute,
    and with crafty intent.
11 She is loud and defiant.
    Her feet don’t stay in her house.
12 Now she is in the streets, now in the squares,
    and lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him, and kissed him.
    With an impudent face she said to him:
14 “Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me.
    Today I have paid my vows.
15 Therefore I came out to meet you,
    to diligently seek your face,
    and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry,
    with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s take our fill of loving until the morning.
    Let’s solace ourselves with loving.
19 For my husband isn’t at home.
    He has gone on a long journey.
20 He has taken a bag of money with him.
    He will come home at the full moon.”
21 With persuasive words, she led him astray.
    With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him.
22 He followed her immediately,
    as an ox goes to the slaughter,
    as a fool stepping into a noose.
23 Until an arrow strikes through his liver,
    as a bird hurries to the snare,
    and doesn’t know that it will cost his life.
24 Now therefore, sons, listen to me.
    Pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Don’t let your heart turn to her ways.
    Don’t go astray in her paths,
26 for she has thrown down many wounded.
    Yes, all her slain are a mighty army.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol,[a]
    going down to the rooms of death.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 7:27 Sheol is the place of the dead.
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Proverbs 7:4-27 New International Version (NIV)

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and to insight, “You are my relative.”
They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

At the window of my house
    I looked down through the lattice.
I saw among the simple,
    I noticed among the young men,
    a youth who had no sense.
He was going down the street near her corner,
    walking along in the direction of her house
at twilight, as the day was fading,
    as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
    dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
    her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
    at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
    and with a brazen face she said:

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
    and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
    I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
    with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
    with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
    let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
    he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
    and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
    she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
    like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23     till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
    little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
    pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
    or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
    her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
    leading down to the chambers of death.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 7:22 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
  2. Proverbs 7:22 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
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Proverbs 22:14 World English Bible (WEB)

14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit:
    he who is under Yahweh’s wrath will fall into it.

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Proverbs 22:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
    a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

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Proverbs 23:26-28 World English Bible (WEB)

26 My son, give me your heart;
    and let your eyes keep in my ways.
27 For a prostitute is a deep pit;
    and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Yes, she lies in wait like a robber,
    and increases the unfaithful among men.

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Proverbs 23:26-28 New International Version (NIV)

Saying 18

26 My son, give me your heart
    and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
    and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
    and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

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Proverbs 30:20-23 World English Bible (WEB)

20 “So is the way of an adulterous woman:
    she eats and wipes her mouth,
    and says, ‘I have done nothing wrong.’

21 “For three things the earth tremble,
    and under four, it can’t bear up:
22     For a servant when he is king;
    a fool when he is filled with food;
23     for an unloved woman when she is married;
    and a servant who is heir to her mistress.

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Proverbs 30:20-23 New International Version (NIV)

20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman:
    She eats and wipes her mouth
    and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’

21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
    under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,
    a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
23 a contemptible woman who gets married,
    and a servant who displaces her mistress.

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Proverbs 31:3 World English Bible (WEB)

Don’t give your strength to women,
    nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

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Proverbs 31:3 New International Version (NIV)

Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
    your vigor on those who ruin kings.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 31:3 Or wealth
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