12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait.
12 Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner.
12 She is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 7:12
Commentary on Proverbs 7:6-27
(Read Proverbs 7:6-27)
Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthful lusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructive kind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead to impurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively and plain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is he as the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when he has just seen another fall headlong from the same place. The misery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God's blessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.