1My son, attend to my wisdom, and apply thine ear to my words;
2that thou mayest keep good understanding, and the discretion of my lips gives thee a charge. Give no heed to a worthless woman;
3for honey drops from the lips of a harlot, who for a season pleases thy palate:
4but afterwards thou wilt find her more bitter than gall, and sharper than a two-edged sword.
5For the feet of folly lead those who deal with her down to the grave with death; and her steps are not established.
6For she goes not upon the paths of life; but her ways are slippery, and not easily known.
7Now then, my son, hear me, and make not my words of none effect.
8Remove thy way far from her; draw not near to the doors of her house:
9lest thou give away thy life to others, and thy substance to the merciless:
10lest strangers be filled with thy strength, and thy labours come into the houses of strangers;
11and thou repent at last, when the flesh of thy body is consumed,
12and thou shalt say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart avoided reproofs!
13I heard not the voice of him that instructed me, and taught me, neither did I apply mine ear.
14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15Drink waters out of thine own vessels, and out of thine own springing wells.
16Let not waters out of thy fountain be spilt by thee, but let thy waters go into thy streets.
17Let them be only thine own, and let no stranger partake with thee.
18Let thy fountain of water be truly thine own; and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19Let thy loving hart and thy graceful colt company with thee, and let her be considered thine own, and be with thee at all times; for ravished with her love thou shalt be greatly increased.
20Be not intimate with a strange woman, neither fold thyself in the arms of a woman not thine own.
21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of God, and he looks on all his paths.
22Iniquities ensnare a man, and every one is bound in the chains of his own sins.
23Such a man dies with the uninstructed; and he is cast forth from the abundance of his own substance, and has perished through folly.