Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.
Do what I say and you'll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight - guard it!
Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart.
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion.
They'll be with you to fend off the Temptress - that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.
As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters,
Watching the mindless crowd stroll by, I spotted a young man without any sense
Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived, then turning up the path to her house.
It was dusk, the evening coming on, the darkness thickening into night.
Just then, a woman met him - she'd been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.
Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)