5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
and your lips safeguard knowledge.v
and her words areE smoother than oil,
4 in the end she’s as bitter as wormwoodw
and as sharp as a double-edged sword.x
her steps head straight for Sheol.y
she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.
and don’t turn away from the words from my mouth.z
Don’t go near the door of her house.aa
and your years to someone cruel;
and your hard-earned pay will end up in a foreigner’s house.
when your physical body has been consumed,
and how my heart despised correction.ab
or listen closelyF to my instructors.
before the entire community.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
water flowing from your own well.ac
streams in the public squares?a
and not for you to share with strangers.
and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.b
19 A loving deer, a graceful doeA—
let her breasts always satisfy you;c
be lost in her love forever.
with a forbidden woman
or embrace a wayward woman?d
21 For a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes,e
and he considers all his paths.f
22 A wicked man’s iniquities will trap him;g
he will become tangled in the ropes of his own sin.h
23 He will die because there is no discipline,i
and be lost because of his great stupidity.
Lit wisdom; stretch out your ear
Lit her palate is
Lit or turn my ear
Or graceful mountain goat