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Proverbs 7

Warning Against the Adulteress
1 # See ch. 2:1 My son, keep my words
and #See ch. 2:1treasure up my commandments with you;
2 # See ch. 4:4 keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as #Deut. 32:10the apple of your eye;
3 # See ch. 3:3 bind them on your fingers;
# See ch. 3:3 write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
5to keep you from #See ch. 2:16the forbidden#7:5 Hebrew strange woman,
from #See ch. 2:16the adulteress#7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman with her smooth words.
6For at #Judg. 5:28the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
7and I have seen among #See ch. 1:4 the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man #See ch. 6:32lacking sense,
8passing along the street #ver. 12near her corner,
taking the road to her house
9in #Job 24:15 the twilight, in the evening,
at #ch. 20:20the time of night and darkness.
10And behold, the woman meets him,
# [Gen. 38:14] dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.#7:10 Hebrew guarded in heart
11She is #ch. 9:13 loud and #[Hos. 4:16] wayward;
# 1 Tim. 5:13; [Titus 2:5] her feet do not stay at home;
12now in the street, now in the market,
and #ver. 8 at every corner she #ch. 23:28lies in wait.
13She seizes him and kisses him,
and with #ch. 21:29bold face she says to him,
14“I had to #Lev. 7:11 offer sacrifices,#7:14 Hebrew peace offerings
and today I have #See Ps. 50:14paid my vows;
15so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16I have spread my couch with #ch. 31:22 coverings,
colored linens from #[Isa. 19:9]Egyptian linen;
17I have perfumed my bed with #Ps. 45:8 myrrh,
aloes, and #Ex. 30:23cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
19For #Matt. 20:11my husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
20he took a bag of money with him;
at full moon he will come home.”
21With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with #ch. 5:3; 6:24; See Ps. 12:2her smooth talk she compels him.
22All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast#7:22 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew as a chain to discipline a fool
23till an arrow pierces its liver;
as #Eccles. 9:12a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24And #See ch. 4:1now, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths,
26for many a victim has she laid low,
and all her slain are #[Neh. 13:26]; See Judg. 16:1-5a mighty throng.
27Her house is #[ch. 2:18; 5:5; 9:18]the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.

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