Genesis 39:12-18

12 a  she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. 13And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house, 14she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.” 16Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home, 17and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me. 18But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house.”

Proverbs 2:16-19

16 So b  you will be delivered from the forbidden
Hebrew strange
woman,
from d  the adulteress
Hebrew foreign woman
with f  her smooth words,
17who forsakes g  the companion of her youth
and forgets h  the covenant of her God;
18 i  for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;
Hebrew  to the Rephaim

19none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.

Proverbs 5:3-15

3For the lips of k  a forbidden
Hebrew strange; also verse 20
woman
drip honey,
and her speech
Hebrew palate
is n  smoother than oil,
4but in the end she is o  bitter as p  wormwood,
q  sharp as r  a two-edged sword.
5Her feet s  go down to death;
her steps follow the path to
Hebrew lay hold of
Sheol;
6she u  does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
7 And v  now, O sons, listen to me,
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your w  labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11and at the end of your life you x  groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12and you say y  How I hated discipline,
and my heart z  despised reproof!
13I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 aa  I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
15 Drink ab  water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.

Proverbs 6:24-32

24to preserve you from the evil woman
Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields  from the wife of a neighbor

from the smooth tongue of ad  the adulteress.
Hebrew  the foreign woman

25 af  Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her ag  eyelashes;
26for ah  the price of a prostitute is only ai  a loaf of bread
Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate)  for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread

but a married woman
Hebrew  a man’s wife
al  hunts down a precious life.
27Can a man carry am  fire next to his an  chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28Or can one ao  walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her ap  will go unpunished.
30People do not despise a thief if he steals
to aq  satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31but ar  if he is caught, he will pay as  sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.

Proverbs 7:5-27

5to keep you from at  the forbidden
Hebrew strange
woman,
from av  the adulteress
Hebrew  the foreign woman
with her smooth words.
6 For at ax  the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
7and I have seen among ay  the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man az  lacking sense,
8passing along the street ba  near her corner,
taking the road to her house
9in bb  the twilight, in the evening,
at bc  the time of night and darkness.
10 And behold, the woman meets him,
bd  dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
Hebrew guarded in heart

11She is bf  loud and bg  wayward;
bh  her feet do not stay at home;
12now in the street, now in the market,
and bi  at every corner she bj  lies in wait.
13She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bk  bold face she says to him,
14“I had to bl  offer sacrifices
Hebrew peace offerings

and today I have bn  paid 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 bo  coverings,
colored linens from bp  Egyptian linen;
17I have perfumed my bed with bq  myrrh,
aloes, and br  cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
19For bs  my 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.”
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with bt  her 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
Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew  as an anklet for the discipline of a fool

23till an arrow pierces its liver;
as bv  a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 And bw  now, 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 bx  a mighty throng.
27Her house is by  the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 9:16-18

16 bz  Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 ca  Stolen water is sweet,
and cb  bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18But he does not know cc  that the dead
Hebrew Rephaim
are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
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