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1My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee. 2Keep my commandments and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye. 3Bind them upon thy fingers; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart. 4Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding thy kinswoman: 5That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the foreigner that flattereth with her words. 6For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice; 7And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding, 8Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house, 9In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. 10And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart. 11She is clamorous and wilful; Her feet abide not in her house: 12Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lieth in wait at every corner. 13So she caught him, and kissed him, And with an impudent face she said unto him: 14Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me; This day have I paid my vows. 15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, Diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt. 17I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; Let us solace ourselves with loves. 19For the man is not at home; He is gone a long journey: 20He hath taken a bag of money with him; He will come home at the full moon. 21With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield; With the flattering of her lips she forceth him along. 22He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool; 23Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life.

24Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me, And attend to the words of my mouth. 25Let not thy heart decline to her ways; Go not astray in her paths. 26For she hath cast down many wounded: Yea, all her slain are a mighty host. 27Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.

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1Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice? 2On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she standeth; 3Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud: 4Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men. 5O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart. 6Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7For my mouth shall utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverse in them. 9They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge. 10Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. 11For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.

12I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find out knowledge and discretion. 13The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate. 14Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might. 15By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. 16By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me. 18Riches and honor are with me; Yea, durable wealth and righteousness. 19My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. 20I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; 21That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, And that I may fill their treasuries.

22Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. 23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was. 24When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. 25Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth; 26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. 27When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep, 28When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong, 29When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth; 30Then I was by him, as a master workman; And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him, 31Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.

32Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me; For blessed are they that keep my ways. 33Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not. 34Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favor of Jehovah. 36But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death.Other Versions