Prov 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,
Prov 5:2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
Prov 5:3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
Prov 5:4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
Prov 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
Prov 5:6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
Prov 5:7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
Prov 5:8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
Prov 5:9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,
Prov 5:10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man’s house.
Prov 5:11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
Prov 5:12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
Prov 5:13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
Prov 5:14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.”
Prov 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
Prov 5:16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
Prov 5:17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
Prov 5:18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Prov 5:19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
These verses (18-19) were, according to J.I. Packer (Among God’s Giants, p349), frequently quoted and celebrated by Puritan preachers.
‘Tender, well-regulated, domestic affection is the best defence against the vagrant desires of unlawful passion. Yea – it is consecrated by the Word of God itself to the high purpose of shadowing out “the great mystery – loving and cherishing our own flesh, even as the Lord the Church.” (Eph 5:25,29).’ (Bridges)
Prov 5:20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?
Prov 5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
Prov 5:22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
Prov 5:23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.