My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's teaching.
Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.
Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning, they will advise you.
For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.
These commands and this teaching will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of an adulterous woman.
Don't lust for her beauty. Don't let her coyness seduce you.
For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with another man's wife may cost you your very life.
Can a man scoop fire into his lap and not be burned?
Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
So it is with the man who sleeps with another man's wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.
Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving.
But if he is caught, he will be fined seven times as much as he stole, even if it means selling everything in his house to pay it back.
But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul.
Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot. His shame will never be erased.
For the woman's husband will be furious in his jealousy, and he will have no mercy in his day of vengeance.
There is no compensation or bribe that will satisfy him.