Proverbs 5
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1  My son, listen to my wisdom; Incline your ear to my insight,

א  בְּנִי לְחָכְמָתִי הַקְשִׁיבָה לִתְבוּנָתִי הַט־אָזְנֶךָ׃

2  That you may have foresight, While your lips hold fast to knowledge.

ב  לִשְׁמֹר מְזִמּוֹת וְדַעַת שְׂפָתֶיךָ יִנְצֹרוּ׃

3  For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey; Her mouth is smoother than oil;

ג  כִּי נֹפֶת תִּטֹּפְנָה שִׂפְתֵי זָרָה וְחָלָק מִשֶּׁמֶן חִכָּהּ׃

4  But in the end she is as 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 of Sheol.

ה  רַגְלֶיהָ יֹרְדוֹת מָוֶת שְׁאוֹל צְעָדֶיהָ יִתְמֹכוּ׃

6  She does not chart a path of life; Her course meanders for lack of knowledge.

ו  אֹרַח חַיִּים פֶּן־תְּפַלֵּס נָעוּ מַעְגְּלֹתֶיהָ לֹא תֵדָע׃

7  So now, sons, pay heed to me, And do not swerve from the words of my mouth.

ז  וְעַתָּה בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ־לִי וְאַל־תָּסוּרוּ מֵאִמְרֵי־פִי׃

8  Keep yourself far away from her; Do not come near the doorway of her house

ח  הַרְחֵק מֵעָלֶיהָ דַרְכֶּךָ וְאַל־תִּקְרַב אֶל־פֶּתַח בֵּיתָהּ׃

9  Lest you give up your vigor to others, Your years to a ruthless one;

ט  פֶּן־תִּתֵּן לַאֲחֵרִים הוֹדֶךָ וּשְׁנֹתֶיךָ לְאַכְזָרִי׃

10  Lest strangers eat their fill of your strength, And your toil be for the house of another;

י  פֶּן־יִשְׂבְּעוּ זָרִים כֹּחֶךָ וַעֲצָבֶיךָ בְּבֵית נָכְרִי׃

11  And in the end you roar, When your flesh and body are consumed,

יא  וְנָהַמְתָּ בְאַחֲרִיתֶךָ בִּכְלוֹת בְּשָׂרְךָ וּשְׁאֵרֶךָ׃

12  And say, “O how I hated discipline, And heartily spurned rebuke.

יב  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵיךְ שָׂנֵאתִי מוּסָר וְתוֹכַחַת נָאַץ לִבִּי׃

13  I did not pay heed to my teachers, Or incline my ear to my instructors.

יג  וְלֹא־שָׁמַעְתִּי בְּקוֹל מוֹרָי וְלִמְלַמְּדַי לֹא־הִטִּיתִי אָזְנִי׃

14  Soon I was in dire trouble Amidst the assembled congregation.”

יד  כִּמְעַט הָיִיתִי בְכָל־רָע בְּתוֹךְ קָהָל וְעֵדָה׃

15  Drink water from your own cistern, Running water from your own well.

טו  שְׁתֵה־מַיִם מִבּוֹרֶךָ וְנֹזְלִים מִתּוֹךְ בְּאֵרֶךָ׃

16  Your springs will gush forth In streams in the public squares.

טז  יָפוּצוּ מַעְיְנֹתֶיךָ חוּצָה בָּרְחֹבוֹת פַּלְגֵי־מָיִם׃

17  They will be yours alone, Others having no part with you.

יז  יִהְיוּ־לְךָ לְבַדֶּךָ וְאֵין לְזָרִים אִתָּךְ׃

18  Let your fountain be blessed; Find joy in the wife of your 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   Find joy in the wife of your youth

King Shlomo 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 rain falls in unpredictable and sometimes limited quantities, and only in its season. Being dependent on the Lord for rain ensures that His children must maintain a close connection with Him in the land of Israel, and recognize the He is the true source of life and all of its blessings.Comment

19  A loving doe, a graceful mountain goat. Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be infatuated with love of her always.

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

20  Why be infatuated, my son, with a forbidden woman? Why clasp the bosom of an alien woman?

כ  וְלָמָּה תִשְׁגֶּה בְנִי בְזָרָה וּתְחַבֵּק חֵק נָכְרִיָּה׃

21  For a man’s ways are before the eyes of Hashem; He surveys his entire course.

כא  כִּי נֹכַח עֵינֵי יְהוָה דַּרְכֵי־אִישׁ וְכָל־מַעְגְּלֹתָיו מְפַלֵּס׃

22  The wicked man will be trapped in his iniquities; He will be caught up in the ropes of his sin.

כב  עַווֹנוֹתָיו יִלְכְּדֻנוֹ אֶת־הָרָשָׁע וּבְחַבְלֵי חַטָּאתוֹ יִתָּמֵךְ׃

23  He will die for lack of discipline, Infatuated by his great folly.

 

כג  הוּא יָמוּת בְּאֵין מוּסָר וּבְרֹב אִוַּלְתּוֹ יִשְׁגֶּה׃

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