Warning Against Adultery

Proverbs 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
1 Lend your ear to my understanding,
2 That you may 2 preserve discretion,
And your lips a may keep knowledge.
3 b For the lips of 3 an immoral woman drip honey,
And her mouth is c smoother than oil;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death,
d Her steps lay hold of 4 hell.
6 Lest you ponder her path of life -
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.

7 Therefore hear me now, my children,
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove your way far from her,
And do not go near the door of her house,
9 Lest you give your 5 honor to others,
And your years to the cruel one;
10 Lest aliens be filled with your 6 wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
11 And you mourn at last,
When your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 And say:
"How I have hated instruction,
And my heart despised correction!
13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
14 I was on the verge of total ruin,
In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
7 Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with e the wife of your youth.
19 f As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be 8 enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by g an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
21 h For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He 9 ponders all his paths.
22 i His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
23 j He shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

  1. Cross References
    Malachi 2:7
    For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 55:21
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 7:27
    Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 24:5
    When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, and bring happiness to his wife whom he has taken.
    Ecclesiastes 9:9
    Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
    Malachi 2:14
    Yet you say, "For what reason?" Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant.
  6. Cross References
    Song of Solomon 2:9
    My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
  8. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 16:9
    "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throug...
    Job 31:4
    Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
    Job 34:21
    For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He see...
    Proverbs 15:3
    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keepin...
    Jeremiah 16:17
    For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not...
    Jeremiah 32:19
    You are great in counsel and mighty in work, fo...
    Hosea 7:2
    They do not consider in their hearts That I rem...
    Hebrews 4:13
    And there is no creature hidden from His sight,...
  9. Cross References
    Numbers 32:23
    But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.
    Psalms 9:5
    You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
    Proverbs 1:31
    Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
    Isaiah 3:11
    Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.
  10. Cross References
    Job 4:21
    Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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