Proverbs 7 New International Version

The Wiles of a Harlot

7 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2  Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3  Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4  Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and to insight, "You are my relative." 5  They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

6  At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. 7  I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. 8  He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house 9  at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. 10  Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 11  (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; 12  now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) 13  She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: 14  "Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. 15  So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! 16  I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. 17  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18  Come, let's drink deeply of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love! 19  My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 20  He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon." 21  With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22  All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer[1] stepping into a noose[2] 23  till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

24  Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25  Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. 26  Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. 27  Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

Footnotes

[1] 7:22 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "fool"

[2] 7:22 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

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