15 Drink 1water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your 2springs be scattered abroad, streams of water 3in the streets?
17 4Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your 5fountain be blessed, and 6rejoice in 7the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely 8deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts 9fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicateda always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with 10a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of 11an adulteress?b