Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5


NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version *colors added by me

1MY SON, be attentive to my Wisdom [godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience], and incline your ear to my understanding [of what is becoming and prudent for you],2That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation].

3For the lips of a loose woman drip honey as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil;(A)

4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged and devouring sword.

5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

6She loses sight of and walks not in the path of life; her ways wind about aimlessly, and you cannot know them.

7Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8Let your way in life be far from her, and come not near the door of her house [avoid the very scenes of temptation],(B)

9Lest you give your honor to others and your years to those without mercy,

10Lest strangers [and false teachings] take their fill of your strength and wealth and your labors go to the house of an alien [from God]–

11And you groan and mourn when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,

12And you say, How I hated instruction and discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

13I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers nor submitted and consented to those who instructed me.

14[The extent and boldness of] my sin involved almost all evil [in the estimation] of the congregation and the community.

15[a]Drink waters out of your own cistern [of a pure marriage relationship], and fresh running waters out of your own well.

16Should your offspring be dispersed abroad as water brooks in the streets?

17[Confine yourself to your own wife] let your children be for you alone, and not the children of strangers with you.

18Let your fountain [of human life] be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe [tender, gentle, attractive]–let her bosom satisfy you at all times, and always be transported with delight in her love.

20Why should you, my son, be infatuated with a loose woman, embrace the bosom of an outsider, and go astray?

21For the ways of man are directly before the eyes of the Lord, and He [Who would have us live soberly, chastely, and godly] carefully weighs all man’s goings.(C)

22His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked man, and he shall be held with the cords of his sin.

23He will die for lack of discipline and instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray and be lost.

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 5

Proverbs 5 Spiritual Checkup – thought this was a good one to include here.

It is not having a wife
—but loving a wife—
which makes a man live chastely.

family series part 1, Marriage #10 Proverbs 5:18

Proverbs 5:1-14

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 5

No songs found. 😦 Not surprised either. lol

Key Words*

Most of the keywords have been covered in the studies of Chapters 1-4.

Lips – śepheth (by implication language)


Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

Proverbs Illustrations, Devotionals

My Reflections

Again wisdom, understanding and knowledge are stressed in the very beginning. If we haven’t got how important they are, then we never will.

I know this is supposed to be written to a man (in places specifically a married man) and is talking about sex, however, I think we all take something away from this. Just as wisdom is referred to as a woman, I think we could read this chapter picturing sin as the adulteress woman or the loose woman.

Sin can be very tempting, it can be inviting but when we give in to it we find that it is really bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword, goes down to death and straight to the grave. Sin doesn’t care about our way of life, it is a crooked path that we can get on and not even know it. And many, many times, sin takes us in the opposite direction of instructions and disciplines we have received.

Verses 21-23 (MSG):

Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make;
he’s aware of every step you take.
The shadow of your sin will overtake you;
you’ll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark.
Death is the reward of an undisciplined life;
your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end.

I will leave this section by quoting one commentary I came across:

Can I ask you a candid question? Is the seductive, deceptive lure of some sin such as anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, sexual immorality, etc, knocking at the door of your heart, dear saint? Are you getting ready to be captured by your own iniquities, bound by the cords of your own sin (Pr 5:22)? If so, than prayerfully, meditatively, take just a few moments (3′ 43″) and…LISTEN TO GUARD YOUR HEART”

Take some time to run an inventory of how you are living. Here is a list of NT Sins – don’t look at the words used – look at the definitions – really think about whether any of these are “knocking at the door of your heart.”


Lord, please forgive me for those sins which have infiltrated my heart, my actions, my mind, and my words. Cleanse me and make me clean. I receive your instructions, your discipline, your reproof and your loving rebuke. I take Your word and try to apply it to my life, drinking of the water that comes from Your cistern so that I can be renewed, refreshed, and blessed.

Lord, I pray for those who are struggling with sexual thoughts, lusts, and actions. Father help them to remain pure and to win over this battle of evil that is trying to lure them in. Help them to keep from a path far from her, not to even go near the door of her house. Let them realize that with the Holy Spirits help, guidance and counsel they can remain pure, content, and satisfied.

Father, examine my ways and my paths and make corrections as I need them. In Jesus Name, Amen.

* Keywords taken from KJV translation. Definitions quoted from Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries OR Thayer’s Greek Definitions

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