New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Proverbs 5

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Chapter 5

Pitfalls of Immorality

1 My son, agive attention to my wisdom,

bIncline your ear to my understanding;

2 That you may aobserve discretion

And your blips may reserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an 1aadulteress bdrip honey

And csmoother than oil is her 2speech;

4 But in the end she is abitter as wormwood,

bSharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet ago down to death,

Her steps take hold of Sheol.

6 1She does not ponder the apath of life;

Her ways are bunstable, she cdoes not know it.

7 aNow then, my sons, listen to me

And bdo not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 aKeep your way far from her

And do not go near the bdoor 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 1final end,

When your flesh and your body are consumed;

12 And you say, “How I have ahated instruction!

And my heart bspurned reproof!

13 “I have not listened to the voice of my ateachers,

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 1fresh water from your own well.

16 Should your asprings be dispersed abroad,

Streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be yours alone

And not for strangers with you.

18 Let your afountain be blessed,

And brejoice in the cwife of your youth.

19 As a loving ahind and a graceful doe,

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;

Be 1exhilarated always with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an 1aadulteress

And embrace the bosom of a bforeigner?

21 For the aways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,

And He bwatches all his paths.

22 His aown iniquities will capture the wicked,

And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

23 He will adie for lack of instruction,

And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

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Proverbs 6

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Chapter 6

Parental Counsel

1 My son, if you have become asurety for your neighbor,

Have 1given a pledge for a stranger,

2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,

Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;

Since you have come into the 1hand of your neighbor,

Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.

4 Give no asleep to your eyes,

Nor slumber to your eyelids;

5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand

And like a abird from the hand of the fowler.

6 Go to the aant, O bsluggard,

Observe her ways and be wise,

7 Which, having ano chief,

Officer or ruler,

8 Prepares her food ain the summer

And gathers her provision in the harvest.

9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?

10 “aA little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to 1rest”—

11 aYour poverty will come in like a 1vagabond

And your need like 2an armed man.

12 A aworthless person, a wicked man,

Is the one who walks with a bperverse mouth,

13 Who awinks with his eyes, who 1signals with his feet,

Who 2points with his fingers;

14 Who with aperversity in his heart continually bdevises evil,

Who 1cspreads strife.

15 Therefore ahis calamity will come suddenly;

bInstantly he will be broken and there will be cno healing.

16 There are six things which the Lord hates,

Yes, seven which are an abomination 1to Him:

17 aHaughty eyes, a blying tongue,

And hands that cshed innocent blood,

18 A heart that devises awicked plans,

bFeet that run rapidly to evil,

19 A afalse witness who utters lies,

And one who 1bspreads strife among brothers.

20 aMy son, observe the commandment of your father

And do not forsake the 1teaching of your mother;

21 aBind them continually on your heart;

Tie them around your neck.

22 When you awalk about, 1they will guide you;

When you sleep, 1they will watch over you;

And when you awake, 1they will talk to you.

23 For athe commandment is a lamp and the 1teaching is light;

And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

24 To akeep you from the evil woman,

From the smooth tongue of the 1adulteress.

25 aDo not desire her beauty in your heart,

Nor let her capture you with her beyelids.

26 For aon account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,

And 1an adulteress bhunts for the precious life.

27 Can a man 1take 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 agoes in to his neighbor’s wife;

Whoever touches her bwill not 1go unpunished.

30 1Men do not despise a thief if he steals

To asatisfy 2himself when he is hungry;

31 But when he is found, he must arepay sevenfold;

He must give all the 1substance of his house.

32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is alacking 1sense;

He who would bdestroy 2himself does it.

33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,

And his reproach will not be blotted out.

34 For ajealousy 1enrages a man,

And he will not spare in the bday of vengeance.

35 He will not 1accept any ransom,

Nor will he be 2satisfied though you give many 3gifts.

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Proverbs 7

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Chapter 7

The Wiles of the Harlot

1 My son, akeep my words

And treasure my commandments within you.

2 aKeep my commandments and live,

And my 1teaching bas the 2apple of your eye.

3 aBind them on your fingers;

bWrite 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 1adulteress,

From the foreigner who 2flatters with her words.

6 For aat the window of my house

I looked out bthrough my lattice,

7 And I saw among the 1anaive,

And discerned among the 2youths

A young man blacking 3sense,

8 Passing through the street near aher corner;

And he 1takes the way to bher house,

9 In the atwilight, in the 1evening,

In the 2middle of the night and in the darkness.

10 And behold, a woman comes to meet him,

aDressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.

11 She is aboisterous and rebellious,

Her bfeet do not remain at home;

12 She is now in the streets, now ain the squares,

And blurks by every corner.

13 So she seizes him and kisses him

1And with a abrazen face she says to him:

14 “1I was due to offer apeace offerings;

Today I have bpaid 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 acoverings,

With colored blinens of Egypt.

17 “I have sprinkled my bed

With amyrrh, aloes and bcinnamon.

18 “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;

Let us delight ourselves with caresses.

19 “For 1my husband is not at home,

He has gone on a long journey;

20 He has taken a abag of money 1with him,

At the full moon he will come home.”

21 With her many persuasions she entices him;

With her 1aflattering lips she seduces him.

22 Suddenly he follows her

As an ox goes to the slaughter,

Or as 1one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver;

As a abird hastens to the snare,

So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

24 Now therefore, my sons, alisten to me,

And pay attention to the words of my mouth.

25 Do not let your heart aturn aside to her ways,

Do not stray into her paths.

26 For many are the 1victims she has cast down,

And anumerous are all her slain.

27 Her ahouse is the way to Sheol,

Descending to the chambers of death.

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Or law


Lit pupil


Lit strange woman


Lit is smooth


Lit simple ones


Lit sons


Lit heart


Lit steps


Lit evening of the day


Lit pupil (of the eye)


Lit She makes bold her face and says


Lit Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me


Lit the man


Lit in his hand


Lit smooth


Or as a stag goes into a trap; so some ancient versions


Lit mortally wounded