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 Proverbs 2:16 - 20; 5:1 - 23; 6:24 - 35; 7:1 - 27; 9:13 - 18; 22:14; 23:26 - 28; 29:3; 30:20; 31:2 - 3
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   Book of Proverbs
   Chapter 2
2:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,
 
2:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. F5
 
2:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
 
2:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
 
2:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
 
   Chapter 5
5:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
 
5:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
 
5:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
 
5:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
 
5:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. F10
 
5:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
 
5:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
 
5:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
 
5:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
 
5:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.
 
5:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
 
5:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
 
5:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
 
5:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
 
5:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
 
5:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
 
5:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
 
5:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
 
5:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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A loving doe, a graceful deer - may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
 
5:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
 
5:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
 
5:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
 
5:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.
 
   Chapter 6
6:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.
 
6:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,
 
6:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
 
6:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
 
6:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
 
6:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
 
6:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
 
6:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
 
6:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.
 
6:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;
 
6:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
 
6:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.
 
   Chapter 7
7:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
 
7:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
 
7:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
 
7:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;
 
7:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.
 
7:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.
 
7:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.
 
7:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
 
7:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
 
7:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
 
7:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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(She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;
 
7:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
 
7:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
 
7:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"I have fellowship offerings F12 at home; today I fulfilled my vows.
 
7:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
 
7:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
 
7:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
 
7:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
 
7:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
 
7:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
 
7:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
 
7:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer F13 stepping into a noose F14
 
7:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
 
7:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
 
7:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
 
7:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
 
7:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Her house is a highway to the grave, F15 leading down to the chambers of death.
 
   Chapter 9
9:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
 
9:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
 
9:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.
 
9:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
 
9:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
 
9:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave. F20
 
   Chapter 22
22:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
 
   Chapter 23
23:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
 
23:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
 
23:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
 
   Chapter 29
29:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
 
   Chapter 30
30:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'
 
   Chapter 31
31:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, F59
 
31:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F5 Or covenant of her God
F10 Hebrew Sheol
F12 Traditionally peace offerings
F13 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
F14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
F15 Hebrew Sheol
F20 Hebrew Sheol
F59 Or / the answer to my prayers

 
 

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