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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 5

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1 My sonne, hearken vnto my wisedome, and incline thine eare vnto my knowledge.

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2 That thou maiest regarde counsell, and thy lippes obserue knowledge.

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3 For the lippes of a strange woman drop as an honie combe, and her mouth is more soft then oyle.

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4 But the end of her is bitter as wormewood, and sharpe as a two edged sworde.

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5 Her feete goe downe to death, and her steps take holde on hell.

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6 She weigheth not the way of life: her paths are moueable: thou canst not knowe them.

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7 Heare yee me nowe therefore, O children, and depart not from the wordes of my mouth.

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8 Keepe thy way farre from her, and come not neere the doore of her house,

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9 Least thou giue thine honor vnto others, and thy yeeres to the cruell:

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10 Least the stranger should be silled with thy strength, and thy labours bee in the house of a stranger,

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11 And thou mourne at thine end, (when thou hast consumed thy flesh and thy bodie)

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12 And say, How haue I hated instruction, and mine heart despised correction!

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13 And haue not obeied the voyce of them that taught mee, nor enclined mine eare to them that instructed me!

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14 I was almost brought into all euil in ye mids of the Congregation and assemblie.

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15 Drinke the water of thy cisterne, and of the riuers out of the middes of thine owne well.

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16 Let thy fountaines flow foorth, and the riuers of waters in the streetes.

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17 But let them bee thine, euen thine onely, and not the strangers with thee.

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18 Let thy fountaine be blessed, and reioyce with the wife of thy youth.

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19 Let her be as the louing hinde and pleasant roe: let her brests satisfie thee at all times, and delite in her loue continually.

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20 For why shouldest thou delite, my sonne, in a strange woman, or embrace the bosome of a stranger?

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21 For the waies of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his pathes.

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22 His owne iniquities shall take the wicked himselfe, and he shall be holden with the cordes of his owne sinne.

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23 Hee shall die for fault of instruction, and shall goe astray through his great follie.

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