Bible: Proverb 7

Admonition to Avoid the Wiles of the Adulteress 1 

7:1 My child, 2  keep my words

and treasure up my commands in your own keeping. 3 

7:2 Keep my commands 4  so that you may live, 5 

and obey 6  my instruction as your most prized possession. 7 

7:3 Bind them on your forearm; 8 

write them on the tablet of your heart. 9 

7:4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” 10 

and call understanding a close relative,

7:5 so that they may keep you 11  from the adulterous 12  woman,

from the loose woman 13  who flatters you 14  with her words. 15 

7:6 For at the window of my house

through my window lattice I looked out

7:7 and I saw among the naive

I discerned among the youths 16 

a young man 17  who lacked wisdom. 18 

7:8 He was passing by the street near her corner,

making his way 19  along the road to her house 20 

7:9 in the twilight, the evening, 21 

in the dark of the night. 22 

7:10 Suddenly 23  a woman came out to meet him!

She was dressed like a prostitute 24  and with secret intent. 25 

7:11 (She is loud and rebellious,

she 26  does not remain 27  at home

7:12 at one time outside, at another 28  in the wide plazas,

and by every corner she lies in wait.)

7:13 So she grabbed him and kissed him,

and with a bold expression 29  she said to him,

7:14I have 30  fresh meat at home; 31 

today I have fulfilled my vows!

7:15 That is why I came out to meet you,

to look for you, 32  and I found you!

7:16 I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, 33 

with richly colored fabric 34  from Egypt.

7:17 I have perfumed my bed

with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

7:18 Come, let’s drink deeply 35  of lovemaking 36  until morning,

let’s delight ourselves 37  with sexual intercourse. 38 

7:19 For my husband 39  is not at home; 40 

he has gone on a journey of some distance.

7:20 He has taken a bag of money with him; 41 

he will not return until 42  the end of the month.” 43 

7:21 She persuaded him 44  with persuasive words; 45 

with her smooth talk 46  she compelled him. 47 

7:22 Suddenly he went 48  after her

like an ox that goes to the slaughter,

like a stag prancing into a trapper’s snare 49 

7:23 till an arrow pierces his liver 50 

like a bird hurrying into a trap,

and he does not know that it will cost him his life. 51 

7:24 So now, sons, 52  listen to me,

and pay attention to the words I speak. 53 

7:25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways

do not wander into her pathways;

7:26 for she has brought down 54  many fatally wounded,

and all those she has slain are many. 55 

7:27 Her house is the way to the grave, 56 

going down 57  to the chambers 58  of death.

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