1 My son, observe my sayings, and my commandments must thou treasure up with thee.
2 Observe my commandments, and live: and my teaching as the apple of thy eyes.
3 Bind them around thy fingers, write them upon the table of thy heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from an adulterous woman, from an alien that useth flattering speeches.
6 For through the window of my house, through my lattice did I once look out,
7 And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a lad void of sense;
8 He was passing through the marketplace near her corner; and he stepped along on the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the depth of the night and when it was dark:
10 And, behold, a woman came to meet him with the attire of a harlot, and obdurate of heart.
11 (She is noisy and ungovernable; in her house her feet never rest;
12 At one time she is in the street, at another in the open places, and near every corner doth she lurk,)
13 And she caught hold of him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face she said to him,
14 "I had bound myself to bring peaceofferings; this day have I paid my vows:
15 Therefore am I come forth to meet thee, to seek thy presence diligently, and I have found thee.
16 With tapestry coverings have I decked my bed, with embroidered coverlids of the fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have sprinkled my couch with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us indulge in love until the morning: let us delight ourselves with dalliances.
19 For the man is not in his house, he is gone on a journey a great way off:
20 The bag of money hath he taken with him, by the day of the newmoon festival only will he come home."
21 She seduced him by the abundance of her reasoning: by the flattery of her lips she misguided him.
22 He followed after her suddenly, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, and as in fetters to his correction, the fool:
23 Till an arrow cleaveth through his liver; as a bird hasteneth into the snare, and knoweth not that it is done to take his life.
24 And now, O children, hearken unto me, and listen to the sayings of my mouth.
25 Let not thy heart turn aside to her ways, do not go astray on her paths.
26 For many deadly wounded hath she caused to fall: yea, very numerous are all those slain by her.
27 The ways to the nether world is her house leading down to the chambers of death.