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I saw among the young men one without sense,
The simple man goes after her, like an ox going to its death, like a roe pulled by a cord;
He who takes another man's wife is without all sense: he who does it is the cause of destruction to his soul.
Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:
They will keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the strange woman.
May a man take fire to his breast without burning his clothing?
Or may one go on lighted coals, and his feet not be burned?
So it is with him who goes in to his neighbour's wife; he who has anything to do with her will not go free from punishment.
How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge?
To make the simple-minded sharp, and to give the young man knowledge, and serious purpose:
The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.
The sharp man sees the evil and takes cover: the simple go straight on and get into trouble.
Give ear to me then, my sons, and do not put away my words from you.
Go far away from her, do not come near the door of her house;
For fear that you may give your honour to others, and your wealth to strange men:
And strange men may be full of your wealth, and the fruit of your work go to the house of others;
And you will be full of grief at the end of your life, when your flesh and your body are wasted;
And you will say, How was teaching hated by me, and my heart put no value on training;
I did not give attention to the voice of my teachers, my ear was not turned to those who were guiding me!
I was in almost all evil in the company of the people.
Let water from your store and not that of others be your drink, and running water from your fountain.