20 lMy son, keep your father’s commandment,
land forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21 mBind them on your heart always;
ntie them around your neck.
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is qa lamp and the teaching a light,
and the rreproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,5
25 tDo not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her ueyelashes;
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one awalk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
none who touches her bwill go unpunished.
to csatisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
he will give all the goods of his house.
he who does it destroys himself.
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For fjealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when ghe takes revenge.
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
7 hMy son, keep my words
and htreasure up my commandments with you;
2 ikeep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as jthe apple of your eye;
3 kbind them on your fingers;
kwrite them on the tablet of your heart.
and call insight your intimate friend,
6 For at mthe window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
7 and I have seen among nthe simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man olacking sense,
8 passing along the street pnear her corner,
taking the road to her house
9 in qthe twilight, in the evening,
at rthe time of night and darkness.
vher feet do not stay at home;
and with ybold face she says to him,
and today I have apaid my vows;
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with bcoverings,
colored linens from cEgyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with dmyrrh,
aloes, and ecinnamon.
let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For fmy husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
at full moon he will come home.”
with gher smooth talk she compels him.
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast5
as ha bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 And inow, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
do not stray into her paths,
and all her slain are ja mighty throng.
27 Her house is kthe way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.
Hebrew it; three times in this verse
Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
Hebrew the foreign woman
Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
Hebrew a man’s wife
Hebrew the foreign woman
Hebrew guarded in heart
Hebrew peace offerings
Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew as a chain to discipline a fool