The Wiles of the Harlot1 My son a keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
2 b Keep my commandments and live,
And my ▼
▼ Or lawteaching d as the ▼
▼ Lit pupilapple of your eye.
3 f Bind them on your fingers;
g Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your intimate friend;
5 That they may keep you from an ▼
▼ Lit strange womanadulteress,
From the foreigner who ▼
▼ Lit is smoothflatters with her words.
6 For j at the window of my house
I looked out k through my lattice,
7 And I saw among the ▼
▼ Lit simple ones, m naive,
And discerned among the ▼
▼ Lit sonsyouths
A young man o lacking ▼
▼ Lit heartsense,
8 Passing through the street near q her corner;
And he ▼
▼ Lit stepstakes the way to s her house,
9 In the t twilight, in the ▼
▼ Lit evening of the dayevening,
In the ▼
▼ Lit pupil (of the eye)middle of the night and in the darkness.
10 And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
w Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
11 She is x boisterous and rebellious,
Her y feet do not remain at home;
12 She is now in the streets, now z in the squares,
And aa lurks by every corner.
13 So she seizes him and kisses him
▼ Lit She makes bold her face and saysAnd with a ac brazen face she says to him:
▼ Lit Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me“I was due to offer ae peace offerings;
Today I have af paid my vows.
15 “Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
16 “I have spread my couch with ag coverings,
With colored ah linens of Egypt.
17 “I have sprinkled my bed
With ai myrrh, aloes and aj cinnamon.
18 “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
19 “For ▼
▼ Lit the manmy husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a al bag of money ▼
▼ Lit in his handwith him,
At the full moon he will come home.”
21 With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her ▼
▼ Lit smooth, ao flattering lips she seduces him.
22 Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as ▼
▼ Or as a stag goes into a trap; so some ancient versionsone in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a aq bird hastens to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 Now therefore, my sons ar listen to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your heart as turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths.
26 For many are the ▼
▼ Lit mortally woundedvictims she has cast down,
And au numerous are all her slain.
27 Her av house is the way to Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.
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