for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.127
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps2 with another man's wife;3 no one who touches her will go unpunished.
Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,4 though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
But a man who commits adultery5 lacks judgment;6 whoever does so destroys himself.
Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never7 be wiped away;
for jealousy8 arouses a husband's fury,9 and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.10