Proverbs 7:6-23 HCSB

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.