Proverbs 7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. 1 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
2 Do what I say and you'll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight - guard it! 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion. 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;
5 They'll be with you to fend off the Temptress - that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress. 5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.
6 As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters, 6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.
7 Watching the mindless crowd stroll by, I spotted a young man without any sense 7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.
8 Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived, then turning up the path to her house. 8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
9 It was dusk, the evening coming on, the darkness thickening into night. 9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
10 Just then, a woman met him - she'd been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him. 10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home, 11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;
12 Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town. 12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
13 She threw her arms around him and kissed him, boldly took his arm and said, 13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
14 "I've got all the makings for a feast - today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid, 14 "I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.
15 So now I've come to find you, hoping to catch sight of your face - and here you are! 15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
16 I've spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens. 16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
17 My bed is aromatic with spices and exotic fragrances. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let's make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking! 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband's not home; he's away on business, and he won't be back for a month." 19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20 20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
21 Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. 21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 Before you know it, he's trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop, Like a stag lured into ambush 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose
23 and then shot with an arrow, Like a bird flying into a net not knowing that its flying life is over. 23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 So, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously. 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
25 Don't fool around with a woman like that; don't even stroll through her neighborhood. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
26 Countless victims come under her spell; she's the death of many a poor man. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
27 She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.