1My son, keep my words,
And ⚓treasure my commands within you.
2⚓Keep my commands and live,
⚓And my law as the apple of your eye.
3⚓Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5⚓That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.
The Crafty Harlot
6For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man ⚓devoid of understanding,
8Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9⚓In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
10And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11⚓She was loud and rebellious,
⚓Her feet would not stay at home.
12At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
14“I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of ⚓Egyptian linen.
17I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
21With ⚓her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
⚓With her flattering lips she seduced him.
22Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
23Till an arrow struck his liver.
⚓As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
24Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26For she has cast down many wounded,
And ⚓all who were slain by her were strong men.
27⚓Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.