1My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen careful y to what I know; 2so that you may preserve discretion and your lips may guard knowledge. Take no notice of a loose-living woman, 3for the lips of the adulteress drip with honey, her palate is more unctuous than oil, 4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death, Sheol the goal of her steps; 6far from fol owing the path of life, her course is uncertain and she does not know it. 7And now, son, listen to me, never deviate from what I say: 8set your course as far from her as possible, go nowhere near the door of her house, 9or she wil hand over your honour to others, the years of your life to a man without pity, 10and strangers wil batten on your property, and your produce go to the house of a stranger, 11and, at your ending, your body and flesh having been consumed, you wil groan 12and exclaim, 'Alas, I hated discipline, my heart spurned al correction; 13I would not attend to the voice of my masters, I would not listen to those who tried to teach me. 14Now I have come to nearly every kind of misery, in the assembly and in the community.' 15Drink the water from your own storage-well, fresh water from your own spring. 16Even if your fountains overflow outside, your streams of water in the public squares: 17let them be for you alone, and not for strangers with you. 18May your fountain-head be blessed! Find joy with the wife you married in your youth, 19fair as a hind, graceful as a fawn: hers the breasts that ever fill you with delight, hers the love that everholds you captive. 20Why be seduced, my son, by someone else's wife, and fondle the breast of a woman who belongs toanother? 21For the eyes of Yahweh observe human ways, and survey al human paths. 22The wicked is snared in his own misdeeds, is caught in the meshes of his own sin. 23For want of discipline, he dies, led astray by his own excessive folly.
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