Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
May your fountain1 be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.2
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A loving doe, a graceful deer3-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
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Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?
For a man's ways are in full view4 of the LORD, and he examines5 all his paths.6
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The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;7 the cords of his sin hold him fast.8
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He will die for lack of discipline,9 led astray by his own great folly.10
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