Proverbs 7:6-23

Holman Christian Standard Bible

6At the window of my house
I looked through my lattice. # Jdg 5:28; Sg 2:9
7I saw among the inexperienced, # Or simple, or gullible, or naive
I noticed among the youths,
a young man lacking sense.
8Crossing the street near her corner,
he strolled down the road to her house
9at twilight, in the evening,
in the dark of the night. # Jb 24:15
10A woman came to meet him
dressed like a prostitute, # Gn 38:14-15
having a hidden agenda. # Or prostitute with a guarded heart
11She is loud and defiant; # Pr 9:13
her feet do not stay at home. # 1Tm 5:13
12Now in the street, now in the squares, # Pr 5:16; 9:14
she lurks at every corner. # Pr 23:28
13She grabs him and kisses him;
she brazenly says # Lit she makes her face strong and says to him,
14“I’ve made fellowship offerings; # Meat from a fellowship offering had to be eaten on the day it was offered; therefore she is inviting him to a feast at her house.
today I’ve fulfilled my vows. # Lv 7:11-18; Dt 23:18; Ps 56:12
15So I came out to meet you,
to search for you, and I’ve found you.
16I’ve spread coverings on my bed # Pr 31:22
richly colored linen from Egypt. # Ezk 27:7
17I’ve perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. # Ex 30:23; Ps 45:8
18Come, let’s drink deeply of lovemaking until morning. # Sg 5:1
Let’s feast on each other’s love!
19My husband isn’t home;
he went on a long journey.
20He took a bag of money with him
and will come home at the time of the full moon.”
21She seduces him with her persistent pleading;
she lures with her flattering # Lit smooth talk.
22He follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap # Text emended; MT reads like a shackle to the discipline of a fool ; Hb obscure
23until an arrow pierces its # Or his liver, # Pr 2:16-19; 5:3-6; 23:27-28
like a bird darting into a snare # Ec 9:12
he doesn’t know it will cost him his life.