Proverbs 5
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1  My son, attend unto my wisdom; incline thine ear to my understanding;

א  בְּנִי לְחָכְמָתִי הַקְשִׁיבָה לִתְבוּנָתִי הַט אָזְנֶךָ.

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

ב  לִשְׁמֹר מְזִמּוֹת וְדַעַת שְׂפָתֶיךָ יִנְצֹרוּ.

3  For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

ג  כִּי נֹפֶת תִּטֹּפְנָה שִׂפְתֵי זָרָה וְחָלָק מִשֶּׁמֶן חִכָּהּ.

4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

ד  וְאַחֲרִיתָהּ מָרָה כַלַּעֲנָה חַדָּה כְּחֶרֶב פִּיּוֹת.

5  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the nether-world;

ה  רַגְלֶיהָ יֹרְדוֹת מָוֶת שְׁאוֹל צְעָדֶיהָ יִתְמֹכוּ.

6  Lest she should walk the even path of life, her ways wander, but she knoweth it not.

ו  אֹרַח חַיִּים פֶּן תְּפַלֵּס נָעוּ מַעְגְּלֹתֶיהָ לֹא תֵדָע.

7  Now therefore, O ye children, hearken unto me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

ז  וְעַתָּה בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ לִי וְאַל תָּסוּרוּ מֵאִמְרֵי פִי.

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

ח  הַרְחֵק מֵעָלֶיהָ דַרְכֶּךָ וְאַל תִּקְרַב אֶל פֶּתַח בֵּיתָהּ.

9  Lest thou give thy vigour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel;

ט  פֶּן תִּתֵּן לַאֲחֵרִים הוֹדֶךָ וּשְׁנֹתֶיךָ לְאַכְזָרִי.

10  Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, and thy labours be in the house of an alien;

י  פֶּן יִשְׂבְּעוּ זָרִים כֹּחֶךָ וַעֲצָבֶיךָ בְּבֵית נָכְרִי.

11  And thou moan, when thine end cometh, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

יא  וְנָהַמְתָּ בְאַחֲרִיתֶךָ בִּכְלוֹת בְּשָׂרְךָ וּשְׁאֵרֶךָ.

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

יב  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵיךְ שָׂנֵאתִי מוּסָר וְתוֹכַחַת נָאַץ לִבִּי.

13  Neither have I hearkened to the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

יג  וְלֹא שָׁמַעְתִּי בְּקוֹל מוֹרָי וְלִמְלַמְּדַי לֹא הִטִּיתִי אָזְנִי.

14  I was well nigh in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.’

יד  כִּמְעַט הָיִיתִי בְכָל רָע בְּתוֹךְ קָהָל וְעֵדָה.

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

טו  שְׁתֵה מַיִם מִבּוֹרֶךָ וְנֹזְלִים מִתּוֹךְ בְּאֵרֶךָ.

16  Let thy springs be dispersed abroad, and courses of water in the streets.

טז  יָפוּצוּ מַעְיְנֹתֶיךָ חוּצָה בָּרְחֹבוֹת פַּלְגֵי מָיִם.

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

יז  יִהְיוּ לְךָ לְבַדֶּךָ וְאֵין לְזָרִים אִתָּךְ.

18  Let thy fountain be blessed; and have joy of the wife of thy youth.

y’-HEE m’-ko-r’-KHA va-RUKH us-MAKH may-AY-shet n’-u-RE-kha.

יח  יְהִי מְקוֹרְךָ בָרוּךְ וּשְׂמַח מֵאֵשֶׁת נְעוּרֶךָ.

5:18   Have joy of the wife of thy youth

King Solomon compares the wife of one’s youth to a fountain, a source of life-giving water, because she is a source of continued life through the children she bears. Water is a precious commodity in Israel, as the country is dependent on God to provide rain in its season. Being dependant on the Lord for rain ensures that His children must maintain a close connection with Him in the Land of Israel, as well as recognize the He is the true source of life and all of its blessings.

Comment

19  A lovely hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; with her love be thou ravished always.

יט  אַיֶּלֶת אֲהָבִים וְיַעֲלַת חֵן דַּדֶּיהָ יְרַוֻּךָ בְכָל עֵת בְּאַהֲבָתָהּ תִּשְׁגֶּה תָמִיד.

20  Why then wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of an alien?

כ  וְלָמָּה תִשְׁגֶּה בְנִי בְזָרָה וּתְחַבֵּק חֵק נָכְרִיָּה.

21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of Hashem, and He maketh even all his paths.

כא  כִּי נֹכַח עֵינֵי יְהוָה דַּרְכֵי אִישׁ וְכָל מַעְגְּלֹתָיו מְפַלֵּס.

22  His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

כב  עֲווֹנֹתָיו יִלְכְּדֻנוֹ אֶת הָרָשָׁע וּבְחַבְלֵי חַטָּאתוֹ יִתָּמֵךְ.

23  He shall die for lack of instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall reel.

כג  הוּא יָמוּת בְּאֵין מוּסָר וּבְרֹב אִוַּלְתּוֹ יִשְׁגֶּה.

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Proverbs 5