1My child, keep my words, and treasure my precepts, 2keep my precepts and you wil live, keep my teaching as the apple of your eye. 3Bind these to your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Say to Wisdom, 'You are my sister!' Cal Understanding your relation, 5to save yourself from the woman that belongs to another, from the stranger, with her seductive words. 6While I was at the window of my house, I was looking out through the lattice 7and I saw, among the cal ow youths, I noticed among the lads, one boy who had no sense. 8Going along the lane, near the corner where she lives, he reaches the path to her house, 9at twilight when day is declining, at dead of night and in the dark. 10And look, a woman is coming to meet him, dressed like a prostitute, false of heart. 11She is loud and brazen; her feet cannot rest at home. 12Once in the street, once in the square, she lurks at every corner. 13She catches hold of him, she kisses him, the bold-faced creature says to him, 14'I had to offer a communion sacrifice, I have discharged my vows today; 15that is why I came out to meet you, to look for you, and now I have found you. 16I have spread coverlets over my divan, embroidered stuff, Egyptian material, 17I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, with aloes and cinnamon. 18Come on, we'l make love as much as we like, till morning. Let us enjoy the delights of love! 19For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a very long journey, 20taking his moneybags with him; he wil not be back til the moon is ful .' 21With her persistent coaxing she overcomes him, lures him on with her wheedling patter. 22Forthwith he fol ows her, like an ox on its way to the slaughterhouse, like a madman on his way to thestocks, 23until an arrow pierces him to the liver, like the bird that dashes into the net without realising that its lifeis at stake. 24And now, son, listen to me, pay attention to the words I have to say: 25do not let your heart stray into her ways, or wander into her paths; 26she has done so many to death, and the strongest have al been her victims. 27Her house is the way to Sheol, the descent to the courts of death.
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