1Solomon again exhorteth to attend to his wise counsels. 3The mischiefs of whoredom and riot. 15An exhortation to abide by the pleasures of chaste marriage. 22The wicked are overtaken with their own sins.
1My son, 1attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that1thy lips may keep knowledge.
3¶ For 1the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her amouth is smoother than oil:
4But 1her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5Her 1feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6Lest thou shouldest 1ponder the path of life, her ways are 2moveable, that thou canst not know them.
71Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
81Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9Lest 1thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10Lest 1strangers be filled with athy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11And 1thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12And say, 1How have I hated instruction, and 2my heart despised reproof;
13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14I 1was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15¶ 1Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16Let thy 1fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18Let 1thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
191Let her be as the loving 2hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts asatisfy thee at all times; and bbe thou ravished always with her love.
20And 1why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21For 1the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.
22¶ His 1own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his asins.
23He 1shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.