My son, 1keep my words And treasure my commandmentswithin you.
22Keep my commandments and live, And my ateaching3as the bapple of your eye.
34Bind them on your fingers ; 5Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And callunderstanding your intimatefriend ;
That they may keep you from an cadulteress, From the foreigner who dflatters with her words.
For 6at the window of my house I looked out 7through my lattice,
And I saw among the e8naive, And discerned among the fyouths A youngman9lackinggsense,
8Passing through the streetnear10her corner ; And he htakes the way to 11her house,
In the 12twilight, in the ievening , In the jmiddle of the night and in the darkness.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him, 13Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
She is 14boisterous and rebellious, Her 15feet do not remain at home ;
She is now in the streets, now16in the squares, And 17lurks by everycorner.
So she seizes him and kisses him kAnd with a 18brazenface she says to him:
"lI was due to offer19peaceofferings ; Today I have 20paid my vows.
15"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presenceearnestly, and I have found you.
"I have spread my couch with 21coverings, With colored22linens of Egypt.
"I have sprinkled my bed With 23myrrh, aloes and 24cinnamon.
18"Come, let us drink our fill of loveuntilmorning ; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
"For mmy husband is not at home, He has gone on a longjourney ;
He has taken a 25bag of moneynwith him, At the fullmoon he will comehome."
With her manypersuasions she entices him; With her o26flatteringlips she seduces him.
22Suddenly he follows her As an oxgoes to the slaughter, Or as pone in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23Until an arrowpiercesthrough his liver ; As a 27birdhastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24Now therefore, my sons, 28listen to me, And payattention to the words of my mouth.
Do not let your heart29turnaside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.
For many are the qvictims she has castdown, And 30numerous are all her slain.
Her 31house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.