1My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.3Bind them upon thy fingers; write them upon the tablet of thine heart.4Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, and call understanding thy kinswoman:5That they may keep thee from the woman belonging to someone else, from the stranger who flatters with her words.
6For at the window of my house I looked through my casement7and beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,8passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,9in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night;10and, behold, a woman met him with the attire of a harlot, and subtil of heart.11(She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not abide in her house:12Now without, now in the streets, she lies in wait at every corner.)13So she caught him and kissed him and with an impudent face said unto him,14I had promised sacrifices of peace; today I have payed my vows.15Therefore I came forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.16I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves.19For the husband is not at home; he is gone a long journey:20He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the appointed feast day.21With her much fair speech she caused him to yield; with the flattering of her lips she persuaded him.22He went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,23until the arrow pierces through his liver. He is as a bird struggling in the snare and not knowing that it is against his own life.
24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye sons, and attend to the words of my mouth.25Let not thine heart decline to her ways; do not go astray in her paths.26For she has caused many to fall down dead; yea, all the strong men have been slain by her.27Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.