||To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the
stranger which flattereth with her words;
||Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth
the covenant of her God.
||For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto
||None that go unto her return again, neither take they
hold of the paths of life.
||For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and
her mouth is smoother than oil:
||But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged
||Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
||Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are
moveable, that thou canst not know them.
||Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from
the words of my mouth.
||Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door
of her house:
||Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years
unto the cruel:
||Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours
be in the house of a stranger;
||And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body
||And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart
||And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor
inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
||I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation
||Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters
out of thine own well.
||Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of
waters in the streets.
||Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
||Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of
||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.
||And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange
woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
||For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and
he pondereth all his goings.
||His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he
shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
||He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of
his folly he shall go astray.
||To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of
the tongue of a strange woman.
||Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her
take thee with her eyelids.
||For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a
piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious
||Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be
||Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
||So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever
toucheth her shall not be innocent.
||That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the
stranger which flattereth with her words.
||For at the window of my house I looked through my
||And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the
youths, a young man void of understanding,
||Passing through the street near her corner; and he went
the way to her house,
||In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark
||And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an
harlot, and subtil of heart.
||(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her
||Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait
at every corner.)
||So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent
face said unto him,
||I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my
||Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek
thy face, and I have found thee.
||I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with
carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
||I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
||Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let
us solace ourselves with loves.
||For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long
||He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home
at the day appointed.
||With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with
the flattering of her lips she forced him.
||He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the
slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
||Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth
to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
||A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth
||For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in
the high places of the city,
||To call passengers who go right on their ways:
||Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him
that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
||Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is
||But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her
guests are in the depths of hell.
||The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is
abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
||My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe
||For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a
||She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the
transgressors among men.
||Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that
which destroyeth kings.