5 My son,k pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my wordsl of insight,
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
and her speech is smoother than oil;m
4 but in the end she is bitter as gall,n
sharp as a double-edged sword.
her steps lead straight to the grave.o
her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.p
7 Now then, my sons, listenq to me;
do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep to a path far from her,r
do not go near the door of her house,
and your dignitya to one who is cruel,
and your toil enrich the house of another.s
when your flesh and body are spent.
How my heart spurned correction!t
or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious troubleu
in the assembly of God’s people.”v
running water from your own well.
your streams of water in the public squares?
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountainw be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.x
19 A loving doe, a graceful deery—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
21 For your ways are in full viewz of the Lord,
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;c
the cords of their sins hold them fast.d
23 For lack of discipline they will die,e
led astray by their own great folly.f