1My son, attend unto my wisdom; to my understanding incline thou thy ear:
2That thou mayest observe discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3For as of fine honey drop the lips of an adulterous woman, and smoother than oil is her palate;
4But her end is bitter as wormwood, it is sharp as a two-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death, her steps take firm hold on the nether world:
6So that she cannot balance the path of life; her tracks are unsteady, and she knoweth it not.
7And now, O ye children, hearken unto me, and depart not from the sayings of my mouth.
8Remove far from her thy way, and come not nigh to the door of her house;
9That thou mayest not give up unto others thy vigor, and thy years unto the cruel;
10That strangers may not satisfy themselves with thy strength, and with thy exertions, in the house of an alien:
11While thou moanest at thy end, when thy flesh and thy body are coming to their end,
12And thou sayest, How have I hated correction, and how hath my heart rejected reproof;
13While I hearkened not to the voice of my instructors, and to my teachers I inclined not my ear;
14But little more was wanting, and I had been in all kinds of unhappiness in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15Drink water out of thy own cistern, and running waters out of thy own well.
16So will thy springs overflow abroad; and in the open streets will be thy rivulets of water;
17They will be thy own only, and not those of strangers with thee.
18Thy fountain will be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth,—
19The lovely gazelle and the graceful chamois: let her bosom satisfy thee abundantly at all times; with her love be thou ravished continually.
20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of an alien woman?
21For before the eyes of the Lord are the ways of man, and all his tracks doth he weigh in the balance.
22His own iniquities will truly catch the wicked, and with the cords of his sin will he be held firmly.
23He will indeed die for want of correction; and through the abundance of his folly will he sink into error.