1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow thy ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of an adulteress drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: mouth: Heb. palate
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
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 unstable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thy honour to others, and thy years to the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; thy wealth: Heb. thy strength
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear 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 thy own cistern, and running waters out of thy own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17 Let them be only thy own, and not for strangers with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. satisfy…: Heb. water thee be thou…: Heb. err thou always in her love
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins. sins: Heb. sin
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.