1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
listen well to my words of insight,
2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech
is smoother than oil;
4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the
6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are
crooked, but she knows it not.
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from
what I say.
8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of
9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years
to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich
another man’s house.
11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh
and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart
13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of
the whole assembly.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from
your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams
of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with
18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the
wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy
you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace
the bosom of another man’s wife?
21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he
examines all his paths.
22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of
his sin hold him fast.
23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own