The Woman of Adultery
1My son, remember what I say, and treasure my commands.
2Obey my commands, and you will live.
Guard my teachings as you would your own eyes.
3Remind yourself of them;
write them on your heart as if on a tablet.
4Treat wisdom as a sister,
and make understanding your closest friend.
5Wisdom and understanding will keep you away from adultery,
away from the unfaithful wife and her pleasing words.
6Once while I was at the window of my house
I looked out through the shutters
7and saw some foolish, young men.
I noticed one of them had no wisdom.
8He was walking down the street near the corner
on the road leading to her house.
9It was the twilight of the evening;
the darkness of the night was just beginning.
10Then the woman approached him,
dressed like a prostitute
and planning to trick him.
11She was loud and stubborn
and never stayed at home.
12She was always out in the streets or in the city squares,
waiting around on the corners of the streets.
13She grabbed him and kissed him.
Without shame she said to him,
14“I made my fellowship offering and took some of the meat home.
Today I have kept my special promises.
15So I have come out to meet you;
I have been looking for you and have found you.
16I have covered my bed
with colored sheets from Egypt.
17I have made my bed smell sweet
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let’s make love until morning.
Let’s enjoy each other’s love.
19My husband is not home;
he has gone on a long trip.
20He took a lot of money with him
and won’t be home for weeks.”
21By her clever words she made him give in;
by her pleasing words she led him into doing wrong.
22All at once he followed her,
like an ox led to the butcher,
like a deer caught in a trap
23and shot through the liver with an arrow.
Like a bird caught in a trap,
he didn’t know what he did would kill him.
24Now, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25Don’t let yourself be tricked by such a woman;
don’t go where she leads you.
26She has ruined many good men,
and many have died because of her.
27Her house is on the road to death,
the road that leads down to the grave.