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Strange Women

March 5, 2009

Proverbs 5

Avoid Seduction

 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
    listen closely to my understanding

    2 so that [you] may maintain discretion
    and your lips safeguard knowledge.

    3 Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey
    and her words are  smoother than oil,

    4 in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood 
    and as sharp as a double-edged sword.

    5 Her feet go down to death;
    her steps head straight for Sheol.

    6 She doesn’t consider the path of life;
    she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.

    7 So now, [my] sons, listen to me,
    and don’t turn away from the words of my mouth.

    8 Keep your way far from her.
    Don’t go near the door of her house.

    9 Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others
    and your years to someone cruel;

    10 strangers will drain your resources,
    and your earnings will end up in a foreigner’s house.

    11 At the end of your life, you will lament
    when your physical body has been consumed,

    12 and you will say, “How I hated discipline,
    and how my heart despised correction.

    13 I didn’t obey my teachers
    or listen closely  to my mentors.

    14 I was on the verge of complete ruin
    before the entire community.”

   

Enjoy Marriage

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

    16 Should your springs flow in the streets,
    streams of water in the public squares?

    17 They should be for you alone
    and not for you [to share] with strangers.

    18 Let your fountain be blessed,
    and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.

    19 A loving doe, a graceful fawn—
    let her breasts always satisfy you; 
    be lost in her love forever.

    20 Why, my son, would you be infatuated
    with a forbidden woman
    or embrace the breast of a stranger?

    21 For a man’s ways are before the LORD‘s eyes, 
    and He considers all his paths.

    22 A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him; 
    he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.

    23 He will die because there is no instruction, 
    and be lost because of his great stupidity

       King Solomon

 

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If you sit down to eat with a ruler…

October 22, 2008
If you sit down to eat with a ruler,
       notice the food that is in front of you. 
Control yourself
       if you have a big appetite.
Don’t be greedy for his fine foods,
       because that food might be a trick. 

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;
       be wise enough to control yourself. 
Wealth can vanish in the wink of an eye.
       It can seem to grow wings
       and fly away like an eagle. 

Don’t eat the food of selfish people;
       don’t be greedy for their fine foods. 
Selfish people are always worrying
       about how much the food costs.
They tell you, “Eat and drink,”
       but they don’t really mean it.
You will throw up the little you have eaten,
       and you will have wasted your kind words. 

Don’t speak to fools;
       they will only ignore your wise words. 

Don’t move an old stone that marks a border,
       and don’t take fields that belong to orphans. 
God, their defender, is strong;
       he will take their side against you. 

Remember what you are taught,
       and listen carefully to words of knowledge. 

Don’t fail to punish children.
       If you spank them, they won’t die. 
If you spank them,
       you will save them from death. 

My child, if you are wise,
       then I will be happy. 
I will be so pleased
       if you speak what is right. 

Don’t envy sinners,
       but always respect the Lord. 
Then you will have hope for the future,
       and your wishes will come true. 

Listen, my child, and be wise.
       Keep your mind on what is right. 
Don’t drink too much wine
       or eat too much food.
Those who drink and eat too much become poor.
       They sleep too much and end up wearing rags. 

Listen to your father, who gave you life,
       and do not forget your mother when she is old. 
Learn the truth and never reject it.
       Get wisdom, self-control, and understanding.
The father of a good child is very happy;
       parents who have wise children are glad because of them.
Make your father and mother happy;
       give your mother a reason to be glad. 

My son, pay attention to me,
       and watch closely what I do. 
A prostitute is as dangerous as a deep pit,
       and an unfaithful wife is like a narrow well.
They ambush you like robbers
       and cause many men to be unfaithful to their wives.

Who has trouble? Who has pain?
       Who fights? Who complains?
Who has unnecessary bruises?
       Who has bloodshot eyes?
It is people who drink too much wine,
       who try out all different kinds of strong drinks.
Don’t stare at the wine when it is red,
       when it sparkles in the cup,
       when it goes down smoothly.
Later it bites like a snake
       with poison in its fangs.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
       and your mind will be confused.
You will feel dizzy as if you’re in a storm on the ocean,

       as if you’re on top of a ship’s sails.
You will think, “They hit me, but I’m not hurt.
       They beat me up, but I don’t remember it.
I wish I could wake up.
       Then I would get another drink.” 
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Proverbs 23(New Century Version) 
New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.