5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
1Lend your ear to my understanding,
2 That you may 2preserve discretion,
And your lips amay keep knowledge.
And her mouth is csmoother than oil;
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
And do not go near the door of her house,
9 Lest you give your 5honor to others,
And your years to the cruel one;
10 Lest aliens be filled with your 6wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
When your flesh and your body are consumed,
“How I have hated instruction,
And my heart despised correction!
Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
And running water from your own well.
7Streams of water in the streets?
And not for strangers with you.
And rejoice with ethe wife of your youth.
19 fAs a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be 8enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by gan immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
21 hFor the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He 9ponders all his paths.
22 iHis own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
23 jHe shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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