Proverbs 7

CHAPTER 7

O son, keep my words, and my commandments hide for yourself! O son, esteem the  lord! and you shall strengthen; and besides him, do not fear another! Keep my commandments! and you shall spend life; and my words as if the pupil of your eyes. Put them on your fingers, and inscribe them upon the width of your heart! Speak wisdom [2your 3sister 1to be]; and [3intelligence 4as an acquaintance 1procure 2to yourself]! that she should keep you from [4woman 1the strange 2and 3wicked], if [2words for you 3for 4favor 1she should put]. For from the window of her house [2into 3the 4squares 1she leans] at whom ever she should behold of the foolish offspring -- a young man lacking of sense, passing by the corner in the corridors of her houses, speaking in darkness during the evening, when ever all is at rest nightly, or also at dimness. 10 And the woman meets with him [2the appearance 1having] of a harlot, which makes [2of young men 3to flutter 1the heart]. 11 [3inciting 1And 2she is] and carnal, [5in 6her house 1and 3do not 4stay still 2her feet]. 12 [3time 1For 2at certain 5outside 4she strays], and another time [2in 3the squares 4by 5every 6corner 1she lies in wait]. 13 Then, taking hold, she fondles him; and with impudent face she says to him, 14 [3sacrifice 2a peace 4with me 1There is], today I render my vows. 15 Because of this I come forth for meeting you; feeling the absence of your face I have found you. 16 In trimming, I have stretched my bed. [2spreads 1I spread] from Egypt. 17 I have sprinkled my bed with saffron, and my house with cinnamon. 18 Come! for we should enjoy friendship until dawn. Come, for we should wrap up in passion. 19 [3is not 1For 4at hand 2my husband] in the house; he has gone [2way 1a long], 20 [2a bundle 3of silver 1taking] in his hands; for only after [2days 1many] will he come back again to his house. 21 [2she led 4astray 1And 3him] with much companionship, [2with nooses 1and also]. By the things from her lips she led him aground. 22  And he followed after her, being easily led on, and as an ox [2unto 3slaughter 1is led], and as a dog to bonds, and as a stag shot with a bow, 23 striking into the liver; and he hastens as a fowl into a snare, not seeing that [2for 3his life 1he runs]. 24 Now then, O son, hear me, and take heed to the sayings of my mouth! 25 Do not turn aside to her ways with your heart! and you should not be misled by her short-cuts. 26 [3many 1For 4in piercing 2she has thrown down], and innumerable are whom she has murdered. 27 [2is the ways 3of Hades 1Her house]; they lead down into the storerooms of death.
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