Son, accept all my words of wisdom in your hearing.
Store my commands and apply your heart to God’s fearing.
Search for wisdom and insight as if they were treasure,
These fine attributes will provide your soul with pleasure.
Look to the Lord God for knowledge and understanding.
He acknowledges the faithful with His protecting.
Wisdom and discretion will keep you from destruction,
by the adulterously wayward wife’s seduction.
Her marriage covenant with God being forsaken,
the paths to her house lead to death if they are taken.
She has words like honey and manners as smooth as oil,
but they become bitter when your success she will foil.
Her crooked footsteps will lead her to death and the grave.
Oblivious to direction, her soul God won’t save.
Listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say;
Don’t follow the path to the door of her house today.
Your best strength will be given to others, who are cruel,
You’ll remain to toil for other men’s gains like a fool.
After years of endless work near the end of your life,
You’ll remember those ignored warnings aiding your strife.
Then why be captivated by another man’s wife;
an adulteress who would jeopardize your whole life?
Every man’s procedures are in full view of the Lord.
Evil deeds are sins that will bind him like a strong cord.
Man’s lack of discipline leads him to the wayward wife.
This immoral adulteress preys upon your life.
Never let her captivate you with her lustful eyes.
With ensnaring demeanor, that’s all deceitful lies.
The mouth of an adulteress is like a deep pit.
He who is under the Lord’s wrath will fall into it.
The depth of a wayward wife is like a shallow well.
A prostitute is like a deep pit leading to hell.
Don’t listen to their call and let yourself go astray.
There is deception in all that they will ever say.
The victims they have brought down are a plentiful throng.
And both of them will deny ever having done wrong.
Is man able to walk over hot coals or hold fire?
and not be burned, as he would be by wanton desire?
No man goes unpunished sleeping with another’s wife.
He will pay dearly for lack of judgment with his life.
A husband’s jealousy is like a powerful force.
When he comes seeking revenge, he will show no remorse.
He will not accept any bribe as compensation
No matter how large the sum; it’s a detestation.
Call wisdom your sister, and understanding your kin;
They will keep you from all wicked women and their sin.