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Proverbs 5

Introduction

1Solomon exhorts to wisdom.
3He shews the mischief of whoredom and riot.
15He exhorts to contentedness, liberality, and chastity.
22The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.

Verse 1

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
attend
2:1; 4:1,20; Matthew 3:9; Mark 4:23; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22
bow
22:17; James 1:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:2 - hearken;  Job 33:33 - hearken;  Proverbs 1:8 - hear;  Proverbs 8:33 - Hear;  Proverbs 23:12 - General1 Thessalonians 2:11 - as

Verse 2

That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
thy lips
10:21; 15:2,7; 16:23; 20:15; Psalms 45:2; 71:15; 119:13; Song of Solomon 4:11; Malachi 2:6,7
Reciprocal: Job 33:33 - hearken;  Proverbs 1:8 - hear;  Proverbs 22:17 - Bow;  Proverbs 23:12 - General1 Thessalonians 2:11 - as

Verse 3

For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
the lips
2:16; 6:24; 7:21; Revelation 17:2-6
mouth
Heb. palate. smoother.
Psalms 55:21
Reciprocal: Genesis 39:8 - refused;  Genesis 39:10 - as she spake;  Leviticus 15:20 - GeneralJudges 11:2 - a strange;  Judges 14:15 - Entice;  Judges 16:5 - Entice;  Judges 16:15 - How canst;  Ezra 10:44 - strange wives;  Job 31:9 - If mine;  Proverbs 7:5 - GeneralProverbs 20:16 - a strange;  Proverbs 22:14 - mouth;  Ecclesiastes 7:26 - I find;  1 Corinthians 6:18 - Flee

Verse 4

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
her
6:24-35; 7:22,23; 9:18; 23:27,28; Ecclesiastes 7:26; Hebrews 12:15,16
sharp
Judges 16:4-6,15-21; Psalms 55:21; Hebrews 4:12
Reciprocal: Numbers 5:18 - the bitter water;  Numbers 5:27 - if she be defiled;  Proverbs 2:18 - GeneralProverbs 14:13 - GeneralRevelation 8:11 - Wormwood

Verse 5

Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
2:18,19; 7:27
Reciprocal: Proverbs 9:18 - the dead;  Proverbs 15:24 - that;  Luke 16:23 - in hell

Verse 6

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
ponder
4:26; Psalms 119:59
the path
11:19; Psalms 16:11
her
6:12,13; 7:10-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:9,10

Verse 7

Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
Hear
4:1; 8:32-36; 22:17-21; Hebrews 12:25
and depart
3:21; 4:21
Reciprocal: Psalm 25:7 - the sins;  Psalm 119:9 - shall;  Psalm 119:102 - departed;  Proverbs 7:24 - O;  1 Corinthians 3:18 - deceive

Verse 8

Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
4:15; 6:27,28; Matthew 6:13; Ephesians 5:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 39:10 - or to be;  Genesis 39:12 - and he left;  1 Kings 11:1 - loved;  Job 21:16 - the counsel;  Proverbs 1:15 - refrain;  Proverbs 7:8 - GeneralProverbs 7:25 - thine;  Proverbs 29:3 - he;  Matthew 5:29 - for;  Luke 15:13 - wasted

Verse 9

Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
6:29-35; Genesis 38:23-26; Judges 16:19-21; Nehemiah 13:26; Hosea 4:13,14
Reciprocal: Genesis 39:7 - Lie;  Proverbs 6:33 - A wound;  Proverbs 13:18 - Poverty;  Proverbs 31:3 - strength

Verse 10

Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
strangers
6:35; Hosea 7:9; Luke 15:30
wealth
Heb. strength.
31:3
Reciprocal: Proverbs 6:26 - by;  Proverbs 21:17 - loveth;  Romans 6:21 - What

Verse 11

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
thou
7:23; Deuteronomy 32:29; Jeremiah 5:31; Romans 6:21; Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8; 22:15
when
Numbers 5:27; 1 Corinthians 5:4,5
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 28:15 - I am sore;  Job 13:26 - makest;  Job 20:11 - bones;  Job 33:21 - His flesh;  Proverbs 8:36 - all;  Proverbs 15:32 - refuseth;  Proverbs 21:17 - loveth;  Proverbs 23:32 - At;  Jeremiah 23:20 - in the;  Ezekiel 7:16 - mourning

Verse 12

And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
How
1:7,22,29,30; 15:5; Psalms 50:17; 73:22; Zechariah 7:11-14; John 3:19,20
and my
1:25; 6:23; 12:1; 13:18; Genesis 19:9; Exodus 2:13,14; 2 Chronicles 24:20-22; 25:16; 2 Chronicles 33:10,11; 36:16; Jeremiah 44:4; Zechariah 1:4-6
Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:15 - soul;  1 Samuel 25:31 - grief;  1 Kings 22:8 - Let not the;  Proverbs 8:36 - all;  Proverbs 10:17 - he that;  Proverbs 10:21 - fools;  Proverbs 15:10 - and he;  Proverbs 15:32 - refuseth;  Proverbs 30:2 - brutish;  Jeremiah 17:23 - nor;  Jeremiah 36:23 - he cut;  Zephaniah 3:2 - correction;  Acts 13:41 - ye despisers;  Romans 1:28 - as they did

Verse 13

And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
Luke 15:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 5:12,13; Hebrews 13:7
Reciprocal: Judges 6:10 - ye have;  1 Samuel 25:31 - grief;  Psalm 50:17 - hatest;  Proverbs 1:7 - but;  Proverbs 12:1 - he that;  Proverbs 15:32 - heareth;  Jeremiah 3:25 - and have not;  Romans 1:28 - as they did;  2 Thessalonians 3:14 - obey;  Hebrews 13:17 - Obey

Verse 14

I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
13:20; Numbers 25:1-6; Hosea 4:11-14; 1 Corinthians 10:6-8; 2 Peter 2:10-18; Jude 1:7-13
Reciprocal: Ezekiel 8:6 - even

Verse 15

Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
18,19; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 33:28 - the fountain;  Psalm 128:3 - a fruitful vine;  Proverbs 18:22 - findeth a wife;  Song of Solomon 4:12 - garden;  Matthew 19:10 - General1 Peter 3:7 - ye

Verse 16

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
thy
Deuteronomy 33:28; Psalms 68:26; Isaiah 48:21
dispersed
Genesis 24:60; Judges 12:9; Psalms 127:3; 128:3
Reciprocal: Numbers 24:7 - pour;  1 Kings 2:9 - hold him;  Isaiah 48:1 - come

Verse 18

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
rejoice
Ecclesiastes 9:9; Malachi 2:14,15
Reciprocal: Genesis 26:8 - sporting;  Deuteronomy 24:5 - cheer up;  2 Samuel 12:3 - one little;  1 Chronicles 14:3 - took;  Proverbs 2:17 - the guide;  Proverbs 5:15 - GeneralIsaiah 54:6 - a wife;  1 Corinthians 7:2 - to avoid;  Ephesians 5:25 - love;  Colossians 3:19 - love

Verse 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.
as the
Song of Solomon 2:9; 4:5; 7:3; 8:14
satisfy thee
Heb. water thee.
5:15
be thou ravished always with her love
Heb. err thou always in her love.
2 Samuel 12:4
Reciprocal: Genesis 26:8 - sporting;  2 Samuel 12:3 - one little;  2 Kings 21:1 - Hephzibah;  1 Chronicles 14:3 - took;  Ecclesiastes 9:9 - with the wife;  Song of Solomon 2:7 - by the roes;  Song of Solomon 4:9 - thou hast;  Ezekiel 24:16 - the desire;  Malachi 2:14 - the wife;  Acts 9:36 - Dorcas;  1 Corinthians 7:2 - to avoid;  Ephesians 5:25 - love;  Colossians 3:19 - love

Verse 20

And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
with
2:16-19; 6:24; 7:5; 22:14; 23:27,28,33; 1 Kings 11:1
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 13:6 - thy brother;  Judges 11:2 - a strange;  Ezra 10:44 - strange wives;  Psalm 139:3 - and art acquainted;  Proverbs 21:15 - destruction;  Song of Solomon 4:9 - thou hast

Verse 21

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
15:3; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 31:4; 34:21; Psalms 11:4; 17:3; 139:1-12; Jeremiah 16:17; Jeremiah 17:10; 23:24; 32:19; Hosea 7:2; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:18,23
Reciprocal: Genesis 16:13 - Thou;  2 Samuel 22:25 - in his eye sight;  Job 14:16 - thou numberest;  Job 24:23 - yet his eyes;  Job 33:27 - I have sinned;  Psalm 90:8 - our;  Psalm 119:168 - for all my;  Psalm 139:3 - and art acquainted;  Proverbs 16:2 - but;  Proverbs 24:12 - doth not he that;  Isaiah 37:28 - I know;  Jeremiah 29:23 - even I;  Amos 9:8 - the eyes

Verse 22

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
His
1:18,31; 11:3,5; Psalms 7:15,16; 9:15; Jeremiah 2:19; Hosea 4:11-14; Galatians 6:7,8
holden
Ecclesiastes 7:26
sins
Heb. sin.
1 Corinthians 5:9,10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5,6; Hebrews 13:4
Reciprocal: Judges 9:56 - God rendered;  Judges 16:21 - and put out;  2 Samuel 13:12 - folly;  2 Samuel 22:6 - sorrows;  1 Kings 2:44 - return;  Job 18:8 - he is cast;  Job 20:11 - bones;  Job 36:8 - cords;  Psalm 10:2 - let;  Psalm 35:8 - net;  Psalm 49:5 - iniquity;  Psalm 94:23 - And he;  Proverbs 2:22 - the wicked;  Proverbs 6:32 - destroyeth;  Proverbs 8:36 - all;  Proverbs 11:6 - but;  Proverbs 11:18 - wicked;  Proverbs 13:6 - wickedness;  Proverbs 29:6 - the transgression;  Jeremiah 4:18 - Thy way;  Jeremiah 44:7 - against;  Lamentations 1:14 - yoke;  Hosea 4:9 - reward them;  Hosea 7:2 - their own;  Micah 7:13 - for;  Zechariah 5:8 - the weight;  John 8:34 - Whosoever;  Acts 8:23 - the bond

Verse 23

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
shall die
10:21; 14:32; Job 4:21; 36:12
in the
14:14; Psalms 81:12; 2 Peter 2:15-22 Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 13:12 - folly;  Job 20:11 - bones;  Proverbs 1:18 - GeneralProverbs 2:22 - the wicked;  Proverbs 6:32 - destroyeth;  Proverbs 7:25 - go;  Proverbs 8:36 - all;  Proverbs 12:8 - he

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/proverbs-5.html.