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Proverbs 7:1-27 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 1 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commandments, and live ; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. 5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening , in the black and dark night: 9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot , and subtil of heart. 10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is loud and stubborn ; her feet abide not in her house: 11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, 13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 14 "I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come , let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: 19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. 20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield , with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. 23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.