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Proverbs 5:17

Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adultery;   Chastity;   Harlot (Prostitute);   Husband;   Temptation;   Women;   Young Men;   The Topic Concordance - Marriage;   Whoredom;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Head, Headship;   Marriage;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Harlot;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ethics;   Marriage;   Proverbs, Book of;   Song of Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Medicine;   Proverbs, Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Proverbs book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Sealed Fountain;   Song of Songs;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Chastity;   Song of Songs, the;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Let them be only thine own - The off-spring of a legitimate connection; a bastard brood, however numerous, is no credit to any man.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-5.html. 1832.

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 5:17

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

Strangers with thee

Strangers with thee in life! Those united in Christ are those only who are united in truth. Strangers with thee in death! Alone wilt thou descend the banks of that dark river. For be assured the hosts of darkness and sin flee terror-stricken from its waters. The Lord and the Church are with them; but “strangers with thee.” Strangers with thee in eternity! There the little finesses and shams by which rivalry and hatred are concealed in this life will be torn away, and the naked energies of sin will stand isolated and single in their intense and repulsive malignity. “Strangers with thee.” (Episcopal Recorder.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 5:17". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-5.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Or "they shall be thine own"F21יהיו לך "erunt tui", Mercerus, Cocceius; "erunt tibi", Baynus; "existent tibi", Schultens. , as the Targum; meaning not the cistern, the well, or the wife, but the fountains and rivers, or the children; by a man's cleaving to his own wife, who is a chaste and virtuous woman, he is satisfied that the children he has by her are his own, and not another's; whereas if he has to do with a common harlot, it is uncertain whose children they are, she prostituting herself to many: it may be applied to the peculiar possession and steadfast retention of the truths of the Gospel, in opposition to all divers and strange doctrines propagated by others; see Revelation 2:25.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-5.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

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

(i) Distribute them not to the wicked and infidels, but reserve them for yourself, your family and them who are of the household of faith.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/proverbs-5.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

only thine own — harlots‘ children have no known father.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.

Ver. 17. Let them be only thine own.] Sint, vel erunt; Let them be, or they shall be. It is both an exhortation and a promise; q.d., Far be it from thee to be a pander to thine own bed, as the Lituanians, of whom Maginus relates that they have their connubii adiutores, their coadjutors in wedlock, and prize them far above all their acquaintance. God also will bless thee with an honest wife, that shall be true to thy bed, and not obtrude upon thee children to keep that are not thine. St Paul gives charge, "that no man go beyond, or defraud his brother in the matter". - that is, in re venerea, in the matter of the marriage bed, as some (a) expound it, but that "every one possess his vessel," - that is, say they, his wife, that "weaker vessel" - in sanctification and honour. [1 Thessalonians 4:4-6]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-5.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Proverbs 5:17. Let them be only thine own Possess them alone: "Love only your wife, and give not to her any occasion, by your irregularity, to charge you with infidelity; guard her in such a manner, that she may not be exposed to the seduction of evil men."

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/proverbs-5.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Hereby thou mayst be secured, that thou dost not father and leave thine estate to other men’s children; whereas the parents of harlots’ children are common or uncertain.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-5.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Thee. Stick to thy own wife. In a moral sense, let those who instruct others, take care not to neglect themselves.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-5.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy children know thee alone as their parent, and do thou know them as the children of thyself, and not of strangers. The child of an adulteress or harlot, on the contrary, is the child of many fathers. Maurer, etc., understands "thy fountains" (Proverbs 5:16) of the wife, not of the children. Let thy wife be fruitful in giving birth to children. So here, Let thy wife be for thyself alone, and not common to thee with others. But the plural "fountains" seems to refer rather to the children, as the singular, "thy fountain" (Proverbs 5:18), to the wife.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) Let them be only thine own.—The deepest joys and sorrows of each heart are sacred, and cannot be shared with others (Proverbs 14:10), and so it is with the various relations of family life also, strangers have no part in them.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-5.html. 1905.