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Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

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

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2 Keep my commands and you will live; 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.

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4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

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6 At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.

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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, 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 unruly 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.)

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

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14 “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.

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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 bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

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18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!

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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.

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

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

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      24 Now then, my sons, listen 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.

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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, leading down to the chambers of death.