Proverbs 5

1My son, listen to my wise teaching. Pay attention to my words of understanding. 2Then you will remember to live wisely and watch what you say. 3Another man’s wife might be very charming; the words from her lips so sweet and inviting. 4But in the end, she will bring only bitterness and pain. It will be like bitter poison and a sharp sword! 5She is on a path leading to death. She will lead you straight to the grave! 6Don’t follow her! She has lost the right way and doesn’t know it. Be careful! Follow the way that leads to life! 7Now my sons, listen to me. Don’t forget the words I say. 8Stay away from the woman who does the sin of adultery. Don’t even go near the door of her house. 9If you do, then other people will get the honor you should have had. And some stranger will get all the things you worked years to get. 10People you don’t know will take all your wealth. Other people will get the things you worked for. 11At the end of your life, you will be sad that you ruined your health and lost everything you had. 12- 13Then you will say, “Why didn’t I listen to my parents? Why didn’t I listen to my teachers? I refused to be disciplined. I refused to be corrected. 14So now I have suffered through almost every kind of trouble people can have—and everyone knows it!” 15- 16Drink only the water that flows from your own well. And don’t let your water flow out into the streets. ˻You must have sexual relations only with your own wife. Don’t become the father of children outside your own home.˼ 17Your children should belong only to you. You should not have to share them with people out of your own home. 18So, be happy with your own wife. Enjoy the woman you married while you were young. 19She is like a beautiful deer, a lovely fawn. Let her love satisfy you completely. Let her love intoxicate you always. 20But don’t go staggering into the arms of another woman! 21The Lord clearly sees everything you do. The Lord watches where you go. 22The sins of an evil person will trap him. His sins will be like ropes holding him. 23That evil person will die because he refused to be disciplined. He will be trapped by his own desires.

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