1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight,
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
2 so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.
2 That you may exercise discrimination and discretion (good judgment),And your lips may reserve knowledge and answer wisely [to temptation].
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
4 But in the end she is bitter like [the extract of] wormwood,Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol.
5 Her feet go down to death;Her steps take hold of Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
6 She doesn’t consider the path of life;she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.
6 You aren't thinking about where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it.
6 So that she does not think [seriously] about the path of life;Her ways are aimless and unstable; you cannot know where her path leads.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
7 Now, children, listen to me. Don't turn away from what I am saying.
7 Now then, my sons, listen to meAnd do not depart from (forget) the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
8 Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house,
9 Or you will give your vigor to othersAnd your years to the cruel one;
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
9 Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to othersand your years to someone cruel;
9 so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years;
9 Or you will give your honor to others,And your years to the cruel one,
10 And strangers will be filled with your strengthAnd your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
10 strangers will drain your resources,and your earnings will end up in a foreigner’s house.
10 so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners.
10 And strangers will be filled with your strengthAnd your hard-earned wealth will go to the house of a foreigner [who does not know God];
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
11 At the end of your life, you will lamentwhen your physical body has been consumed,
11 You will cry out in anguish when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,
11 And you will groan when your life is ending,When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
12 and you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction!
12 And you say, “How I hated instruction and discipline,And my heart despised correction and reproof!
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
13 I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors.
13 “I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,Nor have I inclined my ear to those who instructed me.
14 “I was almost in utter ruinIn the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
14 I am on the verge of complete ruinbefore the entire community.”
14 Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation."
14 “I was almost in total ruinIn the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
15 Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
16 Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street?
17 Let them be yours aloneAnd not for strangers with you.
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
17 They should be for you aloneand not for you to share with strangers.
17 They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you.
17 [Confine yourself to your own wife.] Let your children be yours alone,And not the children of strangers with you.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
18 Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
19 Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
20 Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?
20 Why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an immoral womanAnd embrace the bosom of an outsider (pagan)?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
21 Indeed, what a man does is always in the LORD's presence, and he weighs all his paths.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
22 The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.
22 The iniquities done by a wicked man will trap him,And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
23 He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.
23 He will die for lack of instruction (discipline),And in the greatness of his foolishness he will go astray and be lost.
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