Be Faithful to Your Wife 5 1My son, if you listen closely to my wisdom and good sense, 2you will have sound judgment, and you will always know the right thing to say. 3The words of an immoral woman may be as sweet as honey and as smooth as olive oil. 4But all that you really get from being with her is bitter poison and pain. 5If you follow her, she will lead you down to the world of the dead. 6She has missed the path that leads to life and doesn't even know it. 7My son, listen to me and do everything I say. 8Stay away from a bad woman! Don't even go near the door of her house. 9You will lose your self-respect and end up in debt to some cruel person for the rest of your life. 10Strangers will get your money and everything else you have worked for. 11When it's all over, your body will waste away, as you groan 12 and shout, “I hated advice and correction! 13I paid no attention to my teachers, 14and now I am disgraced in front of everyone.” 15You should be faithful to your wife, just as you take water from your own well.[E] 16And don't be like a stream from which just any woman may take a drink. 17Save yourself for your wife and don't have sex with other women. 18Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. 19She is beautiful and graceful, just like a deer; you should be attracted to her and stay deeply in love. 20Don't go crazy over a woman who is unfaithful to her own husband! 21The LORD sees everything, and he watches us closely. 22Sinners are trapped and caught by their own evil deeds. 23They get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control.
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