Warning Against the Adulteress
1 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within
2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my
teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet
of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call
understanding your kinsman;
5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the
wayward wife with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house I looked out through the
7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young
men, a youth who lacked judgment.
8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking
along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of
night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a
prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at
12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every
corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a
brazen face she said:
14 “I have fellowship offerings at home; today I
fulfilled my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have
16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and
18 Come, let’s drink deep of love till morning; let’s
enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long
20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be
home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she
seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the
slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose
23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting
into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to
what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into
26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain
are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to
the chambers of death.