7
Avoid loose women
1My son, keep my words;
store up my commands within you.
2Keep my commands and live,
and my instruction like the pupil of your eye.
3Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, "You are my sister";
call understanding "friend,"
5so she might guard you against the mysterious woman,
from the foreign woman who flatters you.
6When from the window of my house,
from behind the screen, I gazed down,
7I looked among the naive young men
and noticed among the youth, one who had no sense.
8He was crossing the street at her corner
and walked down the path to her house
9in the early evening,
at the onset of night and darkness.
10All of a sudden a woman approaches him,
dressed like a prostitute and with a cunning mind.
11She is noisy and defiant;
her feet don’t stay long in her own house.
12She has one foot in the street, one foot in the public square.
She lies in wait at every corner.
13She grabs him and kisses him.
Her face is brazen as she speaks to him:
14"I’ve made a sacrifice of well-being;
today I fulfilled my solemn promises.
15So I’ve come out to meet you,
seeking you, and I have found you.
16I’ve spread my bed with luxurious covers,
with colored linens from Egypt.
17I’ve sprinkled my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let’s drink deep of love until morning;
let’s savor our lovemaking.
19For my husband isn’t home;
he’s gone far away.
20He took a pouch of money with him;
he won’t come home till full moon."
21She seduces him with all her talk.
She entices him with her flattery.
22He goes headlong after her,
like an ox to the slaughter,
like a deer leaping into a trap,#Heb uncertain
23until an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird hurrying to the snare,
not aware that it will cost him his life.
24Now children, listen to me,
and pay attention to my speech.
25Don’t turn your heart to her ways;
don’t wander down her paths.
26She has caused many corpses to fall;
she has killed many people.
27Her house is a path to the grave,#Heb Sheol
going down to the chambers of death.
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