1 My son,
keep my words,
and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments,
and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers,
write them upon the table of thine
4 Say unto wisdom,
Thou art my sister;
and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the
from the stranger which flattereth with
6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones,
I discerned among the youths,
a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her
and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight,
in the evening,
in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold,
there met him a woman with the attire of
and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn;
her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the
and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him,
and kissed him,
and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me;
this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee,
diligently to seek thy face,
and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings
with carved works,
with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love
until the morning:
let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home,
he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with
and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused
him to yield,
with the flattering of her lips she
22 He goeth after her straightway,
as an ox goeth to the slaughter,
or as a fool to the correction of the
23 Till a dart strike through his liver;
as a bird hasteth to the snare,
and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore,
O ye children, and attend to the words
of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her
go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded:
yea, many strong men have been slain by
27 Her house is the way to hell,
going down to the chambers of death.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible,
King James Version of 1611