1 My sonne, keepe my wordes, & hide my commandements with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thy eye.
3 Binde them vpon thy fingers, and write them vpon the table of thine heart.
4 Say vnto wisedome, Thou art my sister: and call vnderstanding thy kinswoman,
5 That they may keepe thee from the strange woman, euen from the stranger that is smoothe in her wordes.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And I sawe among the fooles, and considered among the children a yong man destitute of vnderstanding,
8 Who passed through the streete by her corner, and went toward her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And beholde, there met him a woman with an harlots behauiour, and subtill in heart.
11 (She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Nowe she is without, nowe in the streetes, and lyeth in waite at euery corner)
13 So she caught him & kissed him and with an impudent face said vnto him,
14 [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meete thee, that I might seeke thy face: and I haue found thee.
16 I haue deckt my bed with ornaments, carpets and laces of Egypt.
17 I haue perfumed my bedde with myrrhe, aloes, and cynamom.
18 Come, let vs take our fill of loue vntill the morning: let vs take our pleasure in daliance.
19 For mine husbande is not at home: he is gone a iourney farre off.
20 He hath taken with him a bagge of siluer, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 Thus with her great craft she caused him to yeelde, and with her flattering lips she entised him.
22 He goeth after her quickly, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liuer, as a bird hasteth to the snare, not knowing that he is in danger.
24 Heare me now therefore, O children, and hearken to the wordes of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her wayes: wander thou not in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way vnto ye graue, which goeth downe to the chambers of death.