Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil62
5:1 My child,1 be attentive to my wisdom,
pay close attention2 to my understanding,
5:2 in order to safeguard3 discretion,4
and that your lips may guard knowledge.
5:3 For the lips5 of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her seductive words6 are smoother than olive oil,
5:4 but in the end7 she is bitter8 as wormwood,9
sharp as a two-edged10 sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.11
5:6 Lest12 she should make level the path leading to life,13
her paths are unstable14 but she does not know it.15
5:7 So now, children,16 listen to me;
do not turn aside from the words I speak.17
5:8 Keep yourself18 far19 from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
5:9 lest you give your vigor20 to others
and your years to a cruel person,
5:10 lest strangers devour21 your strength,22
and your labor23 benefit24 another man’s house.
5:11 And at the end of your life25 you will groan26
when your flesh and your body are wasted away.27
5:12 And you will say, “How I hated discipline!
My heart spurned reproof!
5:13 For28 I did not obey my teachers29
and I did not heed30 my instructors.31
5:14 I almost32 came to complete ruin33
in the midst of the whole congregation!”34
5:15 Drink water from your own cistern
and running water from your own well.35
5:16 Should your springs be dispersed36 outside,
your streams of water in the wide plazas?
5:17 Let them be for yourself37 alone,
and not for strangers with you.38
5:18 May your fountain be blessed,39
and may you rejoice40 in your young wife41—
5:19 a loving doe,42 a graceful deer;
may her breasts satisfy you at all times,
may you be captivated43 by her love always.
5:20 But why should you be captivated,44 my son, by an adulteress,
and embrace the bosom of a different woman?45
5:21 For the ways of a person46 are in front of the Lord’s eyes,
and the Lord47 weighs48 all that person’s49 paths.
5:22 The wicked50 will be captured by his51 own iniquities,52
and he will be held53 by the cords of his own sin.54
5:23 He will die because55 there was no discipline;
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