Keep my words!
Store up commandments with you!
Keep my commandments!
Keep my teachings
As the apple of your eye!
Bind them on your fingers!
Write them on the tablet of your heart!
Say to wisdom.
‘You are my sister.’
Call insight your intimate friend.
Thus they may keep you
From the loose woman.
They may keep you
From the adulterous woman.
They may keep you
From her smooth words.”
Once again there is an emphasis on the paternal words and commandments that will help the children to live, much like in chapters 2, 3, and 4. These teachings should be like the apple of your eye. They should be bound to your fingers, written on your heart. Wisdom should be a like a sister or an intimate friend. Then this wisdom will keep you from the loose women, the adulterous women, and their smooth words. Somehow, these loose women were very good talkers.
“You will be saved from the loose woman.
You will be saved from the adulteress
With her smooth words.
She has forsaken the partner of her youth.
She has forgotten the covenant of her God.
Her house or way sinks down to death.
Her paths lead to the shades.
Those who go to her
Never come back.
They never regain the paths of life.”
The loose or strange woman was always a problem for young men. Notice this is specifically for young men, since there is no equivalent advice for young women to watch out for males who might want to commit adultery. This is an adulterous woman who uses smooth words to lure young men. Interestingly enough, the emphasis is on the wickedness of the woman, since the assumption was that the good young men would have to be led astray. She has forsaken the partner or companion of her youth for another young man. Actually that is what middle aged men do, not middle aged women. She has forgotten her covenant with God. She and her house would lead to death, as she lives in the shadows of life, not in the bright sunlight. Now came the big warning. Those who went to her would never return. Their whole life would be ruined. They would never regain the path of life. This was a strong warning to be aware of smooth talking middle aged women.