y son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my
. .2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep
For the lips of an adulteress drip with honey, and her
speech is smoother than oil:
. .4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
. .5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the grave.
. .6 She pondereth not the path of life, her ways are
unstable, but she knoweth it not.
. .7 Hear me now therefore, O ye sons, and depart not from the
words of my mouth.
. .8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her
. .9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
. .10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be
in the house of a stranger;
. .11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are
. .12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised
. .13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed me!
. .14 I was almost utterly ruined in the midst of the congregation and
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out
of thine own well.
. .16 Should thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in
. .17 Let them be only thine own, and not for strangers with thee.
. .18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy
. .19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe; let her
breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always
with her love.
. .20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with an adulteress,
and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
. .21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and
pondereth all his goings.
His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked himself, and he shall
be held with the cords of his sins.
. .23 He shall die for lack of instruction; and in the greatness of his
folly he shall go astray.