3For as a honeycomb the lips of a strange woman keep dripping, and her palate is smoother than oil.4But the aftereffect from her is as bitter as wormwood; it is as sharp as a two‐edged sword.5Her feet are descending to death. Her very steps take hold on She′ol itself.6The path of life she does not contemplate. Her tracks have wandered she does not know [where].7So now, O sons, listen to me and do not turn away from the sayings of my mouth.8Keep your way far off from alongside her, and do not get near to the entrance of her house,9that you may not give to others your dignity, nor your years to what is cruel;10that strangers may not satisfy themselves with your power, nor the things you got by pain be in the house of a foreigner,11nor you have to groan in your future when your flesh and your organism come to an end.12And you will have to say: “How I have hated discipline and my heart has disrespected even reproof!13And I have not listened to the voice of my instructors, and to my teachers I have not inclined my ear.14Easily I have come to be in every sort of badness in the midst of the congregation and of the assembly.”
15Drink water out of your own cistern, and tricklings out of the midst of your own well.16Should your springs be scattered out of doors, [your] streams of water in the public squares themselves?17Let them prove to be for you alone, and not for strangers with you.18Let your water source prove to be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth,19a lovable hind and a charming mountain goat. Let her own breasts intoxicate you at all times. With her love may you be in an ecstasy constantly.20So why should you, my son, be in an ecstasy with a strange woman or embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?21For the ways of man are in front of the eyes of Jehovah, and he is contemplating all his tracks.22His own errors will catch the wicked one, and in the ropes of his own sin he will be taken hold of.23He will be the one to die because there is no discipline, and [because] in the abundance of his foolishness he goes astray.