The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; 7 And now, O sons, listen to me, 15 Drink water from your own cistern, 20 My son, keep your father's commandment,
incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps follow the path to Sheol;
6 she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.
and forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
7 And now, O sons, listen to me,
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
20 My son, keep your father's commandment,
King James Version (KJV)
1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;11And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.15Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.16Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.18Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.19Let 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.20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
20My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:21Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.22When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:24To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.26For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.27Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?28Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?29So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.30Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;31But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.32But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.33A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.34For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.35He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
Study Journal Questions
- What are the consequences of adultery?
- What wise advice is given to those who are married in today’s reading?
- How did David neglect the wisdom in today’s reading?
- How have you or the people you know been impacted by adultery?
Talk to someone about what you read in Proverbs today.