Treasure Torah’s Teaching
1My son, keep my words and treasure my mitzvot within you.
2Keep my mitzvot and live, my teaching as the apple of your eye.
3Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your relative.
5They will keep you from a seducing woman, from the foreign woman with her seductive speech.
6For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.
7I saw among the naïve, I noticed among the youth, a young man lacking understanding,
8crossing the street near her corner, walking in the direction of her house,
9in the twilight of the evening, in the darkest hours of the night.
10All of a sudden, a woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute and with a cunning heart.
11She is loud and defiant. Her feet never stay at home—
12now in the streets, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.
13So she grabs him and kisses him and with a brazen face says to him:
14“I had to sacrifice fellowship offerings; today I paid my vow.
15So I’ve come out to meet you, to seek your presence eagerly— and I found you!
16I have spread my couch with tapestry of dyed Egyptian linens.
17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let’s drink our fill of love till morning! Let’s delight ourselves with love.
19For my husband is not at home— he’s gone on a long journey.
20He took a bag of money with him— he won’t come home until full moon.”
21With her persistent pleading she entices him, with smooth talk she seduces him.
22Suddenly he follows her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a stag bounding toward a trap,
23till an arrow pierces its liver. Like a bird darting into a snare, he never considered his own soul!
24Now then, sons, listen to me, pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray onto her paths.
26For many are the victims she has brought down, and numerous are all her slain.
27Her house is a highway to Sheol, leading down to the chambers of death.