Listen to me!
Be attentive to the words of my mouth!
Do not let your hearts turn aside to her ways.
Do not stray into her paths.
Many are those she has laid low.
Numerous are her victims.
Her house is the way to Sheol.
You will be going down to the chambers of death.”
This chapter ends with the death of the simpleton. Once again, there is the parental warning to pay attention to his words. They should not turn away from his warnings. They were not to listen to the smooth and seductive words of the prostitute. The adulteress had laid low many. They were to stay the path and not stray into her paths. Her house was the way to hell, Sheol, the dark underworld of death. Going into that house would lead to death. It is not clear how she actually killed them. This is a very strong warning against adultery and prostitution with the punishment as death.
Be attentive to my wisdom!
Incline your ear to my understanding!
Thus you may hold on to prudence.
Thus your lips may guard knowledge.
The lips of a loose woman drip honey.
Her speech is smoother than oil.
But in the end
She is as bitter as wormwood.
She is as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death.
Her steps follow the path to Sheol.
She does not keep straight on the path of life.
Her ways wander.
She does not know it.”
Once again, we have a parental warning, but this time it is about the loose or strange woman also mentioned in chapter 2. There is the usual admonition to pay attention and listen to his words of wisdom and understanding. He wanted his children to have prudence and knowledge. Then he went into a description of this loose or strange woman. Her lips were sweeter than honey and her speech smoother than oil. However she was bitter like wormwood, some kind of bitter plant. She also was a sharp two edged sword that would lead to death in Sheol. She did not keep to the straight and narrow path of life. She was a wanderer, but did not know it. There does not seem to be any sexual overtones, but a mere unflattering portrayal of this loose or strange woman.