My son, 1giveattention to my wisdom, 2Incline your ear to my understanding;
That you may 3observediscretion And your 4lips may reserveknowledge.
For the lips of an a5adulteress6driphoney And 7smootherthanoil is her bspeech;
But in the end she is 8bitter as wormwood, 9Sharp as a two-edgedsword.
Her feet10godown to death, Her stepstakehold of Sheol.
6cShe does not ponder the 11path of life; Her ways are 12unstable, she 13does not know it.
714Now then, my sons, listen to me And 15do not depart from the words of my mouth.
816Keep your wayfar from her And do not gonear the 17door of her house,
9Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruelone;
And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earnedgoods will go to the house of an alien;
And you groan at your dfinalend, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
And you say, "How I have 18hatedinstruction! And my heart19spurnedreproof!
"I have not listened to the voice of my 20teachers, Norinclined my ear to my instructors!
"I was almost in utterruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
15Drinkwater from your own cistern And efreshwater from your own well.
Should your 21springs be dispersedabroad, Streams of water in the streets?
Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
Let your 22fountain be blessed, And 23rejoice in the 24wife of your youth.
As a loving25hind and a gracefuldoe, Let her breastssatisfy you at alltimes; Be fexhilaratedalways with her love.
For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an g26adulteress And embrace the bosom of a 27foreigner?
For the 28ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He 29watchesall his paths.
His 30own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
He will 31die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will goastray.