Warning Against the Strange Woman

1 My child, guard my sayings; store my commandments with you.
2 Keep my commands and live, and my teaching like [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 you shall call insight, "{intimate friend}."
5 [In order] to guard yourself from {an adulteress}, from the foreigner who {makes her words smooth}.
6 For at the window of my house, through my lattice, I looked down.
7 And I saw among the simple, I observed among the youth, a young man lacking {sense},
8 passing on the street {at} her corner, and he takes the road [to] her house,
9 at twilight, at [the] day's evening, in [the] midst of night and the darkness.
10 Then behold! A woman [comes] to meet him [with the] garment of a prostitute and {a secret heart}.
11 She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not stay at her house.
12 Now in the street, now in the square, {at} every corner she lies in wait.
13 She took hold of him and kissed him. Her face was impudent, and she said to him,
14 "Sacrifices of peace offerings [are] upon me; {today} I completed my vows.
15 So I have come out to meet you, to seek your face, and I have found you.
16 [With] coverings I have adorned my couch, spreads of the linen of Egypt;
17 I have perfumed my bed [with] myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take [our] fill of love making, until the morning let us delight in love.
19 For there is no man in his home; he has gone on a {long journey}.
20 The bag of money he took in his hand, for [on] the day of the full moon he will come home."
21 She persuades him with the greatness of her teachings; with her smooth lips she compels him.
22 He goes after her suddenly; like an ox to the slaughter he goes, and like a stag to the instruction of a fool,
23 until an arrow pierces his {entrails}, like a bird rushing into a snare, but he does not know that {it will cost him his life}.

Reiteration of the Warning Against a Strange Woman

24 And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the sayings of my mouth.
25 May your heart not turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her path.
26 For many slain she has laid low, and countless [are] all of her killings.
27 The ways of Sheol [are] her house, descending to chambers of death.