Proverbs 7:6-27 NIV

6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.1

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8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight,2 as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.

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10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is loud3 and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

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12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)4

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13 She took hold of him5 and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:6

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14 "I have fellowship offeringsa7 at home; today I fulfilled my vows.

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    • a 7:14 - Traditionally "peace offerings"
      15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
      16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
      17 I have perfumed my bed8 with myrrh,9 aloes and cinnamon.

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      18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!10

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      19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
      20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
      21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.11

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          22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deerb stepping into a noosec12

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            • b 7:22 - Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "fool"
            • c 7:22 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
              23 till an arrow pierces13 his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.14

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              24 Now then, my sons, listen15 to me; pay attention to what I say.

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              25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.16

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              26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
              27 Her house is a highway to the grave,d leading down to the chambers of death.17

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                • d 7:27 - Hebrew "Sheol"