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1 You should not be jealous of the wife of your bosom, lest she reveal, because of you, the malice of a wicked lesson.
1 Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.
2 You should not give authority over your soul to a woman, lest she obtain your strength, and then you would be confounded.
2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance.
3 You should not look with favor on a woman with many desires, lest perhaps you may fall into her traps.
3 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares.
4 You should not be continually in need of entertainment, nor should you be persuaded by it, lest perhaps you may perish by its effectiveness.
4 Use not much the company of a woman that is a singer, lest thou be taken with her attempts.
5 You should not stare at a virgin, lest perhaps you may be scandalized by her beauty.
5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by those things that are precious in her.
6 You should not give your soul, in any way, to fornicators, lest you destroy yourself and your inheritance.
6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance.
7 Do not choose to look around in the streets of the city, nor should you wander along its thoroughfares.
7 Look not round about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander thou in the solitary place thereof.
8 Avert your face from an ornate woman, for you should not gaze upon strange beauty.
8 Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon another’s beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for herewith love is kindled as a fire.
9 Many have perished because of the beauty of a woman; and by this, desire is kindled like a fire.