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The Proverbs, chapter 5, Vulgate and King James Version

Chapter 5


   1 Fili mi, attende ad sapientiam meam, et prudentiae meae inclina aurem tuam,
   2 ut custodias cogitationes, et disciplinam labia tua conservent.
   3 Favum enim stillant labia meretricis, et nitidius oleo guttur eius;
   4 novissima autem illius amara quasi absinthium et acuta quasi gladius biceps.
   5 Pedes eius descendunt in mortem, et ad inferos gressus illius tendunt;
   6 cum non observet semitam vitae, vagi sunt gressus eius, et ipsa nescit.
   7 Nunc ergo, fili mi, audi me et ne recedas a verbis oris mei.
   8 Longe fac ab ea viam tuam et ne appropinques foribus domus eius.
   9 Ne des alienis honorem tuum et annos tuos crudeli,
   10 ne forte impleantur extranei viribus tuis, et labores tui sint in domo aliena,
   11 et gemas in novissimis, quando consumpseris carnes tuas et corpus tuum
   12 et dicas: "Cur detestatus sum disciplinam, et increpationes renuit cor meum,
   13 nec audivi vocem docentium me et magistris non inclinavi aurem meam?
   14 Paene fui in omni malo, in medio ecclesiae et synagogae".
   15 Bibe aquam de cisterna tua et fluenta putei tui,
   16 ne deriventur fontes tui foras, et in plateis rivi aquarum;
   17 habeto eas solus, nec sint alieni participes tui.
   18 Sit vena tua benedicta, et laetare cum muliere adulescentiae tuae;
   19 cerva carissima et gratissimus hinnulus, blanditiae eius inebrient te in omni tempore, in amore eius delectare iugiter.
   20 Quare seduceris, fili mi, ab aliena et foveris in sinu extraneae?
   21 Quoniam ante Dominum viae hominis, et omnes gressus eius considerat.
   22 Iniquitates suae capient impium, et funibus peccatorum suorum constringetur.
   23 Ipse morietur, quia non habuit disciplinam, et in multitudine stultitiae suae decipietur.

King James Version

   1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
   2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
   3 ¶ For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
   4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
   5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
   6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
   7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
   8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
   9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
   10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
   11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
   12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
   13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
   14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
   15 ¶ Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
   16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
   17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
   18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
   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.
   20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
   21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
   22 ¶ His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
   23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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