1My son, keep my words,
And #Prov. 2:1treasure my commands within you.
2#Lev. 18:5; Prov. 4:4; (Is. 55:3)Keep my commands and live,
#Deut. 32:10; Ps. 17:8; Zech. 2:8And my law as the apple of your eye.
3#Deut. 6:8; Prov. 6:21Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5#Prov. 2:16; 5:3That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.
The Crafty Harlot
6For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man #(Prov. 6:32; 9:4, 16)devoid of understanding,
8Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9#Job 24:15In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
10And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11#Prov. 9:13; 1 Tim. 5:13She was loud and rebellious,
#Titus 2:5Her feet would not stay at home.
12At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
14“I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of #Is. 19:9; Ezek. 27:7Egyptian linen.
17I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
21With #Prov. 5:3her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
#Ps. 12:2With her flattering lips she seduced him.
22Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
23Till an arrow struck his liver.
#Eccl. 9:12As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
24Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26For she has cast down many wounded,
And #Neh. 13:26all who were slain by her were strong men.
27#Prov. 2:18; 5:5; 9:18; (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Rev. 22:15)Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.
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