1: My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:
2: that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.
3: For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
4: But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
5: Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.
6: She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn't know it.
7: Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth.
8: Remove your way far from her. Don't come near the door of her house,
9: lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one;
10: lest strangers feast on your wealth, and your labors enrich another man's house.
11: You will groan at your latter end, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
12: and say, "How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13: neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!
14: I have come to the brink of utter ruin, in the midst of the gathered assembly."
15: Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own well.
16: Should your springs overflow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?
17: Let them be for yourself alone, not for strangers with you.
18: Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19: A loving doe and a graceful deer-- let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.
20: For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?
21: For the ways of man are before the eyes of Yahweh. He examines all his paths.
22: The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.
23: He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.