20 My son,j keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.k
fasten them around your neck.l
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
this teaching is a light,m
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,n
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.o
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.p
without his clothes being burned?
without his feet being scorched?
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,s
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
whoever does so destroys himself.
and his shame will neverv be wiped away.
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.y