1 My sonne, hearken vnto my wisedome, & incline thine eare vnto my knowledge.
2 That thou maiest regarde counsell, and thy lippes obserue knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
4 But the end of her is bitter as wormewood, and sharpe as a two edged sworde.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].
7 Heare yee me nowe therefore, O children, and depart not from the wordes of my mouth.
8 Keepe thy way farre from her, and come not neere the doore of her house,
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourne at thine end, (when thou hast consumed thy flesh and thy bodie)
12 And say, How haue I hated instruction, and mine heart despised correction!
13 And haue not obeied the voyce of them that taught mee, nor enclined mine eare to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountaines flow foorth, and the riuers of waters in the streetes.
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the louing hinde and pleasant roe: let her brests satisfie thee at all times, and delite in her loue continually.
20 For why shouldest thou delite, my sonne, in a strange woman, or embrace the bosome of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His owne iniquities shall take the wicked himselfe, and he shall be holden with the cordes of his owne sinne.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.