Proverbs 7 NIV

Warning Against the Adulteress

1 My son,1 keep my words and store up my commands within you.

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2 Keep my commands and you will live;2 guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

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3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.3

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4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;
5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.4

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      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.5

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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,6 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 loud7 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.)8

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      13 She took hold of him9 and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:10

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      14 "I have fellowship offeringsa11 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 bed12 with myrrh,13 aloes and cinnamon.

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          18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!14

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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.15

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              22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deerb stepping into a noosec16

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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 pierces17 his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.18

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                  24 Now then, my sons, listen19 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.20

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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.21

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                    • d 7:27 - Hebrew "Sheol"