1 My son, keep my words ¶ and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and to insight, "You are my relative."
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house ¶ I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, ¶ a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him, ¶ dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
14 "Today I fulfilled my vows, ¶ and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let's drink deeply of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
21 With persuasive words she led him astray; ¶ she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, ¶ like a deer [^1] stepping into a noose [^2]
23 till an arrow pierces his liver, ¶ like a bird darting into a snare, ¶ little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; ¶ pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.