1 My son, attend to my wisdom; incline thine ear to understanding: 2 To watch meditation, and thy lips shall guard knowledge. 3 For the lips of the strange woman will drop droppings of the honeycomb, and her palate is smooth above oil: 4 And her latter state being bitter as wormwood; sharp as a two-mouthed sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps will hold fast to hades. 6 Lest thou shalt make level the path of life, her tracks wavered; thou wilt not know.
7 And now, ye sons, hear to me, and ye shall not depart from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove far off from her thy way, and thou shalt not draw near to the door of her house: 9 Lest thou shalt give thy strength to others, and thy years to the cruel: 10 Lest strangers shall be filled with thy strength, and thy labors in the house of strangers; 11 And thou didst lament in thy latter state, in the consuming of thy flesh and thy fulness, 12 And thou saidst, How did I hate instruction, and my heart despise reproofs 13 And I heard not to the voice of him teaching me, and I inclined not mine ear to him instructing me. 14 As I was almost in all evil in the midst of the convocation and the assembly.
15 Drink water from thy pit, and flowing from the midst of thy well. 16 Thy fountains shall be dispersed without; in the broad places streams of waters. 17 They shall be to thee alone, and not strangers with thee. 18 Thy fountain shall be blessed: and rejoice from the wife of thy youth. 19 The hind of loves and the wild goat of grace; her breasts shall satiate thee in all time; thou shalt always wander in her loves. 20 And wherefore, my son, wilt thou wander with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? 21 For before the eyes of Jehovah are the ways of man, and he makes level all his tracks. 22 His iniquities shall take the unjust one, and with the cords of his sins shall he be held fast. 23 He shall die in not being instructed, and he shall wander in the multitude of his folly.