- My son, keep my words, and hide with thee my commandments.
- My son, honour the Lord, and thou shalt be strong; and
fear none but him; keep my commandments, and thou shalt live; and
keep my words as the pupils of thine eyes.
- And bind them on thy fingers, and write them on the table
of thine heart.
- Say that wisdom is thy sister, and gain prudence as an
acquaintance for thyself;
- that she may keep thee from the strange and wicked woman, if she
should assail thee with flattering words.
- For she looks from a window out of her house into the streets, at
one whom she may see of the senseless ones, a young man void of
- passing by the corner in the passages [a] near her house,
- and speaking, in the dark of the evening,
- when there happens to be the stillness of night and of
- and the woman meets him having the appearance of a harlot, that
causes the hearts of young men to flutter.
- And she is fickle, and debauched, and her feet abide not at home.
- For at one time she wanders without, and at another time
she lies in wait in the streets, at every corner.
- Then she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face
said to him,
- I have a peace-offering; today I pay my vows:
- therefore I came forth to meet thee, desiring thy face;
and I have found thee.
- I have spread my bed with sheets. and I have covered it with
double tapestry from Egypt.
- I have sprinkled my couch with saffron, and my house with
- Come, and let us enjoy love until the morning; come, and let us
embrace in love.
- For my husband is not at home, but is gone on a long journey,
- having taken in his hand a bundle of money: after many days he
will return to his house.
- So with much converse she prevailed on him to go astray, and with
the snares of her lips she forced him from the right path.
- And he followed her, being gently led on, and that as an
ox is led to the slaughter, and as a dog to bonds, or as a hart shot
in the liver with an arrow:
- and he hastens as a bird into a snare, not knowing that he is
running for his life.
- Now then, my son, hearken to me, and attend to the words
of my mouth.
- Let not thine heart turn aside to her ways [b]:
- for she has wounded and cast down many, and those whom she has
slain are innumerable.
- Her house is the [c] way of hell,
leading down to the chambers of death.
[a] Gr. of.
[b] Alex. + 'and stray not in her
[c] Gr. ways.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]
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