THE PROVERBES. Chapter 5
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1 Solomon exhorteth to the studie of wisedome. 3 He sheweth the mischiefe of whoredome and riot. 15 He exhorteth to contentednes, liberalitie, and chastitie. 22 The wicked are ouertaken with their owne sinnes.
1My sonne, attend vnto my wisedome, and bowe thine eare to my vnderstanding.
2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keepe knowledge.
3¶ For the lips of a strange woman drop as an hony combe, and her mouth is smoother then oyle.3
4But her end is bitter as wormewood, sharpe as a two edged sword.
5Her feete goe downe to death: her steps take hold on hell.5
6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her wayes are moueable, that thou canst not know them.
7Heare me now therefore, O yee children: & depart not from the words of my mouth.
8Remoue thy way farre from her, and come not nie the doore of her house:
9Lest thou giue thine honour vnto others, and thy yeeres vnto the cruell:
10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy labors be in the house of a stranger,10
11And thou mourne at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12And say, How haue I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproofe?
13And haue not obeyed the voyce of my teachers, nor inclined mine eare to them that instructed me?
14I was almost in all euill, in the midst of the congregation & assembly.
15¶ Drinke waters out of thine owne cisterne, and running waters out of thine owne well.
16Let thy fountaines bee dispersed abroad, and riuers of waters in the streets.
17Let them be onely thine owne, and not strangers with thee.
18Let thy fountaine be blessed: and reioyce with the wife of thy youth.
19Let her bee as the louing Hinde and pleasant Roe, let her breasts satisfie thee at all times, and be thou rauisht alwayes with her loue.19
20And why wilt thou, my sonne, be rauisht with a strange woman, and imbrace the bosome of a stranger?
21For the wayes of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.21
22¶ His owne iniquities shall take the wicked himselfe, and he shall be holden with the coards of his sinnes.22
23He shall die without instruction, and in the greatnesse of his folly he shal goe astray.
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Proverbs Chapter 5
3 Chap.2. 16. and 6. 24. , Heb. palate
5 Chap.7. 27.
10 Hebr. thy strength.
19 Heb. water thee. , Heb. erre thou alwayes in her loue.
21 Iob 31.4. and 34. 21. chap. 15.3. ier.16.17. and 32.19.
22 Heb. sinne.
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