1 My son, keep my words, And treasure up my commandments within you.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; And my teaching, like the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister, And call understanding your close friend,
5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,
7 And I saw among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man lacking sense,
8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the deep of night and darkness.
10 And there comes a woman to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
11 She is rowdy and defiant; Her feet do not stay at home -
12 Now in the street, now in the squares, And at every corner she lies in wait.
13 And she grabs him and kisses him; And with an impudent face she says to him,
14 I had to make offerings; Today I have paid my vows.
15 Therefore I have come out to meet you, To earnestly seek your presence; and I have found you.
16 I have decked my couch with coverings, Colored spreads of the linen of Egypt;
17 I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, Aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us drink our fill of love until the morning; Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey.
20 He has taken the money bag with him; He will come home at the full moon.
21 With her great persuasiveness she beguiles him; With her smooth talk she compels him.
22 He goes after her immediately, As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as someone in fetters, to the correction of the fool,
23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that this will cost him his life.
24 And now, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; Do not stray into her paths.
26 For many are those whom she has brought down wounded, And numerous are all who have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.