NLTNew Living Translation
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2Then you will show discernment,
and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.#5:5 Hebrew to Sheol.
6For she cares nothing about the path to life.
She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7So now, my sons, listen to me.
Never stray from what I am about to say:
8Stay away from her!
Don’t go near the door of her house!
9If you do, you will lose your honor
and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10Strangers will consume your wealth,
and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11In the end you will groan in anguish
when disease consumes your body.
12You will say, “How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
and now I must face public disgrace.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 60188. All rights reserved.