Proverbs 7 (Lexham English Bible)

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Warning Against the Strange Woman

1 My child, guard my sayings; store my commandments with you. 2 Keep my commands and live, and my teaching like [the] {apple of your eye}.a 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom,b "you are my sister," and you shall call insight,c "{intimate friend}."d 5 [In order] to guard yourself from {an adulteress},e from the foreigner who {makes her words smooth}.f 6 For at the window of my house, through my lattice, I looked down. 7 And I saw among the simple, I observed among the youth, a young man lacking {sense},g 8 passing on the street {at}h her corner, and he takes the road [to] her house, 9 at twilight, at [the] day's evening, in [the] midst of night and the darkness. 10 Then behold! A woman [comes] to meet him [with the] garment of a prostitutei and {a secret heart}.j 11 She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not stay at her house. 12 Now in the street, now in the square, {at}k every corner she lies in wait. 13 She took hold of l him and kissed him. Her face was impudent, and she said to him, 14 "Sacrifices of peace offerings [are] upon me; {today}m I completed my vows. 15 Son I have come out to meet you, to seek your face, and I have found you. 16 [With] coverings I have adorned my couch, spreads of the linen of Egypt; 17 I have perfumed my bed [with] myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take [our] fill of love making, until the morning let us delight in love. 19 For there is no mano in his home; he has gone on a {long journey}.p 20 The bag of money he took in his hand, for [on] the day of the full moon he will come home." 21 She persuades him with the greatness of her teachings; with her smooth lips she compels him. 22 He goes after her suddenly; like an ox to the slaughter he goes, and like a stag to the instruction of a fool, 23 until an arrow pierces his {entrails},q like a bird rushing into a snare, but he does not know that {it will cost him his life}.r

Reiteration of the Warning Against a Strange Woman

24 And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the sayings of my mouth. 25 May your heart not turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her path. 26 For many slain she has laid low, and countlesss [are] all of her killings. 27 The ways of Sheolt [are] her house, descending to chambers of death.
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