My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart always; tie them about your neck.
When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light. Reproofs of discipline are the way to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adventuress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for a harlot may be hired for a loaf of bread, but an adulteress stalks a man’s very life.
Can a man carry fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk upon hot coals and his feet not be scorched? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
Do not men despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry? And if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will have to give all the goods of his house to make amends.
He who commits adultery has no sense; he who does that deed, destroys himself. Only wounds and dishonor will he receive, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare anything when he takes revenge.
He will accept no compensation, nor will he be be appeased though you multiply gifts and entreaties.
Instead, my son, keep my words and treasure my commandments and heed my words.