Warning Against the Strange Woman

1 My child, guard my sayings; store my commandments with you.

References for Proverbs 7:1

      2 Keep my commands and live, and my teaching like [the] {apple of your eye}.

      References for Proverbs 7:2

        • a 7:2 - A single word meaning "pupil of the eye"
          3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
          4 Say to wisdom, "you are my sister," and you shall call insight, "{intimate friend}."

          References for Proverbs 7:4

            • b 7:4 - Hebrew "the wisdom"
            • c 7:4 - Hebrew "the insight"
            • d 7:4 - Literally "one who is known." To "know" is often a euphemism for intercourse. Therefore "intimate friend" may also be read "lover."
              5 [In order] to guard yourself from {an adulteress}, from the foreigner who {makes her words smooth}.

              References for Proverbs 7:5

                • e 7:5 - Literally "a strange woman"
                • f 7:5 - Literally "causes to be smooth her words"
                  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},

                  References for Proverbs 7:7

                    • g 7:7 - Literally "heart"
                      8 passing on the street {at} her corner, and he takes the road [to] her house,

                      References for Proverbs 7:8

                        • h 7:8 - Literally "at the place of"
                          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 prostitute and {a secret heart}.

                          References for Proverbs 7:10

                            • i 7:10 - Or "whore"
                            • j 7:10 - Literally "secret of heart"
                              11 She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not stay at her house.
                              12 Now in the street, now in the square, {at} every corner she lies in wait.

                              References for Proverbs 7:12

                                • k 7:12 - Literally "at the place of"
                                  13 She took hold of him and kissed him. Her face was impudent, and she said to him,

                                  References for Proverbs 7:13

                                    • l 7:13 - Or "strengthened"
                                      14 "Sacrifices of peace offerings [are] upon me; {today} I completed my vows.

                                      References for Proverbs 7:14

                                        • m 7:14 - Literally "the day"
                                          15 So I have come out to meet you, to seek your face, and I have found you.

                                          References for Proverbs 7:15

                                            • n 7:15 - Hebrew "thus"
                                              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 man in his home; he has gone on a {long journey}.

                                              References for Proverbs 7:19

                                                • o 7:19 - Or "husband"
                                                • p 7:19 - Literally "a journey from far"
                                                  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}, like a bird rushing into a snare, but he does not know that {it will cost him his life}.

                                                  References for Proverbs 7:23

                                                    • q 7:23 - Literally "heaviness," often referring to the liver
                                                    • r 7:23 - Literally "it is against his life"

                                                      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.

                                                      References for Proverbs 7:24

                                                          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 countless [are] all of her killings.

                                                          References for Proverbs 7:26

                                                            • s 7:26 - Or "strong men"
                                                              27 The ways of Sheol [are] her house, descending to chambers of death.

                                                              References for Proverbs 7:27

                                                                • t 7:27 - A term for the place where the dead reside, i.e., the Underworld