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¶ MY son, attend to my wisdom and incline your ear to my understanding,
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That you may heed counsel and that your lips may keep knowledge.
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For the lips of a strange woman drop as a honeycomb, and her words are smoother than oil;
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But the end of her life is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
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Her feet cause men to go down to death;
her steps take her to Sheol.
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She does not tread upon the land of the living, her paths are devious, and are unknown.
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Hear me now therefore, O you children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
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Remove your way far from her, and do not come near the door of her house;
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Lest you give your strength to others, and your years to the cruel;
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Lest strangers be filled with your wealth, and your labors be in the house of strangers;
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And you have remorse in your old age, when the flesh of your body is consumed,
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And you say, Why did I hate instruction, and my heart despise reproof,
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And why have I not obeyed the voice of my teacher, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me?
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I was in almost all kinds of evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
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Drink water out of your own well, and running water from your own spring.
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Let your water overflow into your streets, let it be disbursed abroad.
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Let it be for yourself alone, let not strangers be partners with you.
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Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice in the wife of your youth.
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Let her be like a loving hind, and pleasant mountain roe;
learn her ways always, and be mindful of her love.
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My son, be not misled by a strange woman, neither embrace the bosom of a strange woman.
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For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and all his paths lie open in his presence.
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The wicked shall be caught by his own iniquities, and he will be bound with the cords of his sins.
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He shall die without instruction;
and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.