5:1 My son, attend to my wisdom, [and] bow thy ear to my understanding: 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge. 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] a honey-comb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil: 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 5:6 Lest thou shouldst ponder the path of life, her ways are movable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. 5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 5:9 Lest thou give thy honor to others, and thy years to the cruel: 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labors [be] in the house of a stranger; 5:11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me! 5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. 5:15 Drink waters out of thy own cistern, and running waters out of thy own well. 5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets. 5:17 Let them be only thy own, and not for strangers with thee. 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 5:19 [Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? 5:21 For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins. 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.