7 My son,z keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;a
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
write them on the tablet of your heart.b
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.c
I looked down through the lattice.
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.d
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight,e as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unrulyf and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
at every corner she lurks.)g
13 She took hold of himh and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:i
and I have food from my fellowship offeringj at home.
I looked for you and have found you!
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bedk
with myrrh,l aloes and cinnamon.
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!m
he has gone on a long journey.
and will not be home till full moon.”
she seduced him with her smooth talk.n
like an ox going to the slaughter,
23 till an arrow piercesp his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.q
24 Now then, my sons, listenr to me;
pay attention to what I say.
or stray into her paths.s
her slain are a mighty throng.
leading down to the chambers of death.t
8 Does not wisdom call out?u
Does not understanding raise her voice?
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
at the entrance, she cries aloud:v
4 “To you, O people, I call out;w
I raise my voice to all mankind.
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.a
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,z
for my lips detest wickedness.
none of them is crooked or perverse.
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
knowledge rather than choice gold,a
11 for wisdom is more preciousb than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.c
I possess knowledge and discretion.d
I hateg pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
I have insight, I have power.h
and rulersi issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,j
and nobles—all who rule on earth.b
17 I love those who love me,k
and those who seek me find me.l
18 With me are riches and honor,m
enduring wealth and prosperity.n
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;o
what I yield surpasses choice silver.p
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,q
along the paths of justice,
and making their treasuries full.r
before his deeds of old;
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
when there were no springs overflowing with water;s
25 before the mountains were settled in place,t
before the hills, I was given birth,u
or any of the dust of the earth.v
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,w
when he marked out the horizonx on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds abovey
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,z
29 when he gave the sea its boundarya
so the waters would not overstep his command,b
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.c
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
and delighting in mankind.e
32 “Now then, my children, listenf to me;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listeni to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
and receive favor from the Lord.l
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;m
all who hate me love death.”n
Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
Septuagint; Hebrew foolish, instruct your minds
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts all righteous rulers
Or way; or dominion
Or The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work; or The Lord brought me forth at the beginning of his work
Or was the artisan; or was a little child