1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Listen to my understanding.
2 That way you will maintain discretion and your lips will keep knowledge.
3 The lips of an immoral woman drip as a honeycomb. Her mouth is smoother than oil.
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death. Her steps take hold of the grave.
6 She does not ponder the path of life. Her unstable ways she does not know.
7 Hear me now my son. Do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep far away from her. Do not go near the door of her house.
9 You will give your honor majesty to others and your years to the cruel one.
10 Strangers will be filled with your financial strength. Strangers will benefit from your hard work.
11 You mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed.
12 You say: »How I have hated instruction! My heart despised reproof.
13 »I did not obey the voice of my teachers. I did not listen to my instructors!
14 »I was very near total ruin in the midst of the congregation.«
15 Drink water from your own cistern. Drink running water from your own well.
16 Should your waters overflow in the streets, like streams of water in public places?
17 Let them be yours alone. Do not share with strangers.
18 Let your fountain be blessed. Rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 She is like a loving deer and a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Always be delighted with her love.
20 Why will you be intimate with an immoral woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 The ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah. He ponders all his paths.
22 His own iniquities will catch the wicked. He will be held with the cords of his sins.
23 He dies without instruction. He goes astray because of his foolishness.