As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters,
Watching the mindless crowd stroll by, I spotted a young man without any sense
Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived, then turning up the path to her house.
It was dusk, the evening coming on, the darkness thickening into night.
Just then, a woman met him - she'd been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.
Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home,
Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town.
She threw her arms around him and kissed him, boldly took his arm and said,
"I've got all the makings for a feast - today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid,
So now I've come to find you, hoping to catch sight of your face - and here you are!
I've spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens.
My bed is aromatic with spices and exotic fragrances.
Come, let's make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking!
My husband's not home; he's away on business, and he won't be back for a month."
Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech.
Before you know it, he's trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop, Like a stag lured into ambush
and then shot with an arrow, Like a bird flying into a net not knowing that its flying life is over.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)