|My son, be attentive to my wisdom, |
incline your ear to my understanding;
|Warning against adultery. Pr.5.1-23|
|that you may keep discretion, |
and your lips may guard knowledge.
|For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, |
and her speech is smoother than oil;
|but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, |
sharp as a two-edged sword.
|Her feet go down to death; |
her steps follow the path to Sheol;
|she does not take heed to the path of life; |
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
|And now, O sons, listen to me, |
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
|Keep your way far from her, |
and do not go near the door of her house;
|lest you give your honor to others |
and your years to the merciless;
|lest strangers take their fill of your strength, |
and your labors go to the house of an alien;
|and at the end of your life you groan, |
when your flesh and body are consumed,
|and you say, "How I hated discipline, |
and my heart despised reproof!
|I did not listen to the voice of my teachers |
or incline my ear to my instructors.
|I was at the point of utter ruin |
in the assembled congregation."
|Drink water from your own cistern, |
flowing water from your own well.
|Should your springs be scattered abroad, |
streams of water in the streets?
|Let them be for yourself alone, |
and not for strangers with you.
|Let your fountain be blessed, |
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
|a lovely hind, a graceful doe. |
Let her affection fill you at all times with delight,
be infatuated always with her love.
|Why should you be infatuated, my son, with a loose woman |
and embrace the bosom of an adventuress?
|For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD, |
and he watches all his paths.
|The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, |
and he is caught in the toils of his sin.
|He dies for lack of discipline,|
and because of his great folly he is lost.
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