Proverbs 7

Warning Against the Adulteress

1 a  My son, keep my words
and b  treasure up my commandments with you;
2 c  keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as d  the apple of your eye;
3 e  bind them on your fingers;
f  write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
5to keep you from g  the forbidden
Hebrew strange
from i  the adulteress
Hebrew  the foreign woman
with her smooth words.
6 For at k  the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
7and I have seen among l  the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man m  lacking sense,
8passing along the street n  near her corner,
taking the road to her house
9in o  the twilight, in the evening,
at p  the time of night and darkness.
10 And behold, the woman meets him,
q  dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
Hebrew guarded in heart

11She is s  loud and t  wayward;
u  her feet do not stay at home;
12now in the street, now in the market,
and v  at every corner she w  lies in wait.
13She seizes him and kisses him,
and with x  bold face she says to him,
14“I had to y  offer sacrifices
Hebrew peace offerings

and today I have aa  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 ab  coverings,
colored linens from ac  Egyptian linen;
17I have perfumed my bed with ad  myrrh,
aloes, and ae  cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
19For af  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 ag  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 ai  a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 And aj  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 ak  a mighty throng.
27Her house is al  the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.
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