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Warning About Adultery

My son, pay attention to my wisdom.
    Listen to my words of understanding.
Be careful to use good sense.
    Watch what you say.
The words of another man’s wife may seem sweet as honey.
    Her words may be as pleasant as olive oil.
But in the end she will bring you sorrow.
    She will cause you pain like a two-edged sword.
She is on the way to death.
    Her steps are headed straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to life.
    She does not know that her ways are wrong.

Now, my sons, listen to me.
    Don’t ignore what I say.
Stay away from such a woman.
    Don’t even go near the door of her house.
If you do, you will give your riches to others.
    And the best years of your life will be given to someone who is cruel.
10 Strangers will enjoy your wealth.
    And what you worked so hard for will go to someone else.
11 You will groan at the end of your life.
    Then your health will be gone.
12 Then you will say, “I hated self-control!
    I would not listen when I was corrected!
13 I would not listen to my teachers.
    I paid no attention to what they taught me.
14 I have come very close to being completely ruined
    in front of a whole group of people.”

15 Be faithful to your own wife.
    She is like your own well of water from which you drink.
16 You wouldn’t drink from streams
    flowing in the city streets or squares.
So be satisfied with your wife,
    not those outside your home.
17 These things are yours alone.
    Don’t share them with strangers.
18 Be happy with the wife
    you married when you were young.
She gives you joys
    as your fountain gives you water.
19 She is as lovely and graceful as a deer.
    Let her love always make you happy.
    Let her love always hold you captive.
20 My son, don’t be held captive by a woman who takes part in adultery.
    Don’t hold another man’s wife.

21 The Lord sees everything you do.
    He watches where you go.
22 An evil man will be caught in his evil ways.
    He will be tied up by his sins as if they were ropes.
23 He will die because he does not control himself.
    He will be held captive by his own foolishness.

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