Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
As Solomon considers all that is at stake, he injects a solemn warning to his children, to hear him and not depart from what he has to say. One way to avoid trouble is to stay as far away from the temptation as possible. We can’t expect God to bless us if we insist on playing with those things that are associated with sin.