|1||My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:|
That thou mayest regard
discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
|3||For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:||a strange woman|
|4||But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.|
|5||Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.|
|6||Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.|
|7||Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.|
|8||Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:|
|9||Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:|
|10||Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;|
|11||And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,|
|12||And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;|
|13||And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!|
I was almost in all evil in the
midst of the congregation and assembly.
|15||Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.|
|16||Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.|
|17||Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.|
|18||Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.||wife of thy 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.|
|20||And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?|
For the ways of man
are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
|22||His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.|
He shall die
without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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