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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 9

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Do not be jealous over your dear wife; what you teach her may cause you harm. 2Do not surrender yourself to a woman for her to trample your strength underfoot. 3Do not go near a loose woman or you may fall into her snares. 4Do not keep company with a dancing-girl or you may be caught by her advances. 5Do not stare at a virgin or you may be trapped into paying damages for her. 6Never surrender yourself to prostitutes, for fear of losing all you possess. 7Do not gaze about you in the city streets or wander in its unfrequented areas. 8Do not let your eye linger on a comely figure or stare at beauty not yours to possess. Many have been seduced by the beauty of a woman; it kindles passion like fire. 9Never sit down with another man's wife or join her in a drinking party, for fear of succumbing to her charms and slipping into fatal disaster.

10Do not desert an old friend; a new one is not on a par with him. A new friend is like new wine: until it has matured, you do not enjoy it. 11Do not envy a bad man his success; you do not know what is in store for him. 12Take no pleasure in the pleasures of the ungodly; remember that before they die punishment will overtake them. 13Keep clear of a man who has power to kill, and you will not be haunted by the fear of death; but if you should approach him, make no false step or you will risk losing your life. Be aware that you are moving among pitfalls, or walking on the battlements of the city. 14Take the measure of your neighbours as best you can, and accept advice from those who are wise. 15Let your discussion be with intelligent men and all your talk about the law of the Most High. 16At table choose the company of good men whose pride is in the fear of the Lord.

17A craftsman is recognized by the skill of his hands and a councillor by his words of wisdom. 18A garrulous person is the terror of his town, and one who is unguarded in his speech is detested.

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