Warning Against the Adulteress

1 1My son, keep my words and 2treasure up my commandments with you;
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2 3keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as 4the apple of your eye;
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3 5bind them on your fingers; 6write them on the tablet of your heart.
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4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from 7the forbiddena woman, from 8the adulteressb with her smooth words.
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    • } 7:5 - Hebrew strange
    • ~ 7:5 - Hebrew the foreign woman
      6 For at 9the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice,
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      7 and I have seen among 10the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man 11lacking sense,
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      8 passing along the street 12near her corner, taking the road to her house
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        • 296 7:8 - ver. 12
          9 in 13the twilight, in the evening, at 14the time of night and darkness.
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          10 And behold, the woman meets him, 15dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.c
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            •  7:10 - Hebrew guarded in heart
              11 She is 16loud and 17wayward; 18her feet do not stay at home;
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              12 now in the street, now in the market, and 19at every corner she 20lies in wait.
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              13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with 21bold face she says to him,
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              14 "I had to 22offer sacrifices,d and today I have 23paid my vows;
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                • € 7:14 - Hebrew peace offerings
                  15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
                  16 I have spread my couch with 24coverings, colored linens from 25Egyptian linen;
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                  17 I have perfumed my bed with 26myrrh, aloes, and 27cinnamon.
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                  18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love.
                  19 For 28my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;
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                  20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home."
                  21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with 29her smooth talk she compels him.
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                  22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught faste
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                    •  7:22 - Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew as an anklet for the discipline of a fool
                      23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as 30a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.
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                      24 And 31now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
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                      25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths,
                      26 for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are 32a mighty throng.
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                      27 Her house is 33the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
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