Proverbs 7:6-23 (New International Version)

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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.1 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. 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; 12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)4 13 She took hold of him5 and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:6 14 "I have fellowship offeringsa7 at home; today I fulfilled my vows. 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. 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!10 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 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deerb stepping into a noosec12 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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