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King James Bible: Proverbs 5

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1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

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2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

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3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

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4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

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5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

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6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

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7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

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8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

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9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

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10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

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11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

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12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

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13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

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14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

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15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

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16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

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17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

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18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

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19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

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20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

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21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

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22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

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23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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