1 Fili mi, custodi sermones meos et praecepta mea reconde tibi.
2 Serva mandata mea et vives, et legem meam quasi pupillam oculi tui.
3 Liga ea in digitis tuis, scribe illa in tabulis cordis tui.
4 Dic sapientiae: "Soror mea es" et prudentiam voca Amicam,
5 ut custodiat te a muliere extranea et ab aliena, quae verba sua dulcia facit.
6 De fenestra enim domus meae per cancellos prospexi
7 et video inter parvulos; considero inter filios vecordem iuvenem,
8 qui transit per plateam iuxta angulum et prope viam domus illius graditur
9 in obscuro advesperascente die, in mediis tenebris et caligine.
10 Et ecce, occurrit illi mulier ornatu meretricio, cauta corde, garrula et rebellans,
11 quietis impatiens nec valens in domo consistere pedibus suis:
12 nunc foris, nunc in plateis et iuxta angulos insidians.
13 Apprehensumque deosculatur iuvenem et procaci vultu blanditur dicens:
14 "Victimas pro salute vovi, hodie reddidi vota mea;
15 idcirco egressa sum in occursum tuum desiderans te videre et repperi.
16 Stragulatis vestibus lectulum meum stravi, linteis pictis ex Aegypto;
17 aspersi cubile meum myrrha et aloe et cinnamomo.
18 Veni, inebriemur voluptatibus, usque mane fruamur amoribus.
19 Non est enim vir in domo sua; abiit via longissima,
20 sacculum pecuniae secum tulit, in die plenae lunae reversurus est in domum suam".
21 Irretivit eum multis sermonibus et blanditiis labiorum protraxit illum.
22 Stultus eam sequitur quasi bos ductus ad victimam, sicut irretitur vinculo cervus,
23 donec transfigat sagitta iecur eius; velut si avis festinet ad laqueum et nescit quod de periculo animae illius agitur.
24 Nunc ergo, fili mi, audi me et attende verbis oris mei.
25 Ne abstrahatur in viis illius mens tua, neque decipiaris semitis eius.
26 Multos enim vulneratos deiecit, et fortissimi quique interfecti sunt ab ea:
27 viae inferi domus eius penetrantes in interiora mortis.
King James Version
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 ¶ For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 ¶ Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.