Now then, my sons, listen1 to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her,2 do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignitya to one who is cruel,
lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.311
At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!413
I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.
And I was soon in serious trouble5 in the assembly of God's people."615
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.