Proverbs 5: Parental Warning

By what means can we know the right things to say?

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Proverbs 5:1–2 My son, listen closely to my wisdom. Pay close attention to my insightful words so you will have good discernment and know the right things to say.
King James
Proverbs 5:1–2 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Why do men often miss seeing the dangers of a seductive woman?

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Proverbs 5:3–4 The lips of a seductive woman may taste as sweet as honey, her words as smooth as olive oil, but in the end, she has a poisonous bite and will cut you down like a double-edged sword
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Proverbs 5:3–4 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

What motivates women to dress seductively?

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Proverbs 5:5–6 Give yourself to her, and she will take you straight to death and the grave.
She doesn’t care about the path that leads to life. She wanders aimlessly and doesn’t know where she is headed.
King James
Proverbs 5:5–6 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

With so much sex portrayed in movies and television and the way people dress and act, how can temptation be avoided?

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Proverbs 5:7–9 Therefore, listen carefully, my children. Don’t ignore what I’m telling you.
Take the path that keeps you far away from her. Don’t go near her door, or your honor and respect will be lost. You will spend your years in disrespect.
King James
Proverbs 5:7–9 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

How can what we recognize in hindsight be known before we make a bad choice?

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Proverbs 5:10–14 Strangers will take advantage of you. All your hard-earned assets will be added to the wealth of others.
At the end of your life, when your physical strength is almost gone, you will be filled with regret. You will say, “Why didn’t I listen and accept the truth? How could I have despised correction? I should have listened to my teachers. Why didn’t I understand the importance of what they were saying? My relationship with God’s people was ruined.”
King James
Proverbs 5:10–14 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

What does it mean to be “faithful”?

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Proverbs 5:15–19 Be faithful to your wife. Don’t drink water from someone else’s well. Don’t be a stream from which anyone on the street can drink. Stay committed to your wife, never sharing yourself with anyone else.
Be content with your wife, finding happiness with her like you had when you married. Find satisfaction in her alone. Be consumed with your love for her.
King James
Proverbs 5:15–19 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 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.

What motivates people to commit adultery?

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Proverbs 5:18–20 Be content with your wife, finding happiness with her like you had when you married. Find satisfaction in her alone. Be consumed with your love for her.
My son, why would you allow yourself to be captivated by another woman? Don’t embrace the bosom of a woman other than your wife.
King James
Proverbs 5:18–20 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 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. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

If God sees everything we do, why do people still do what they know is wrong?

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Proverbs 5:21 The Lord sees everything you do. He is fully aware of every step you take.
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Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

If Jesus came to set the captives free, why are so many people still bound by their own wrongdoing?

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Proverbs 5:22–23 Wicked people are bound by their own wrongdoing, tightly held by sin’s ropes. With little concern for doing right, they will die, their own foolishness leading them astray.
Luke 4:18–19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, freedom for the oppressed, and recovery of sight for the blind—to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.
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Proverbs 5:22–23 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Luke 4:18–19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.