5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom.
Listen carefully* to my discernment,+
2 So that you may guard your thinking abilities
And safeguard knowledge with your lips.+
5 Her feet descend into death.
Her steps lead straight to the Grave.*
6 She gives no thought to the path of life.
Her course wanders, but she does not know where.
7 Now, my sons, listen to me
And do not turn away from what I am saying.
8 Stay far away from her;
Do not go near the entrance of her house,+
9 So that you may not give your dignity to others+
Nor reap years of what is cruel;+
10 So that strangers may not drain your resources*+
And what you labored for go to the house of a foreigner.
11 Otherwise, you will groan at the end of your life
When your flesh and body waste away+
12 And you say: “How I hated discipline!
How my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my instructors
Or pay attention to my teachers.
18 May your own fountain* be blessed,
And may you rejoice with the wife of your youth,+
Let her breasts satisfy* you at all times.
May you be captivated by her love constantly.+
20 So why, my son, should you be captivated by a wayward* woman
23 He will die for lack of discipline
And go astray because of his excessive foolishness.