My son, attend54 unto my wisdom, [and] bow54 thine ear to my understanding:
That thou mayest regard2 discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep4 knowledge.
For the lips of a strange woman5 drop4 [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Her feet go down6 to death; her steps take hold4 on hell.
Lest thou shouldest ponder17 the path of life, her ways are moveable,1 [that] thou canst not know4 [them].
Hear3 me now therefore, O ye children, and depart4 not from the words of my mouth.
Remove thy way far54 from her, and come not nigh4 the door of her house:
Lest thou give4 thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
Lest strangers5 be filled4 with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger;
And thou mourn1 at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,2
And say,1 How have I hated1 instruction, and my heart despised1 reproof;
And have not obeyed1 the voice of my teachers,56 nor inclined52 mine ear to them that instructed18 me!
I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
Drink3 waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters6 out of thine own well.
Let thy fountains be dispersed4 abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets.
Let them be only thine own, and not strangers'5 with thee.
Let thy fountain be blessed:7 and rejoice3 with the wife of thy youth.
[Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy17 thee at all times; and be thou ravished4 always with her love.
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished4 with a strange woman,5 and embrace17 the bosom of a stranger?
For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth18 all his goings.
His own iniquities shall take4 the wicked himself, and he shall be holden11 with the cords of his sins.
He shall die4 without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.4