Proverbs 7:5-23 NIV

5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.1

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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.2

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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,3 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 loud4 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.)5

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      13 She took hold of him6 and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:7

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      14 "I have fellowship offeringsa8 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 bed9 with myrrh,10 aloes and cinnamon.

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          18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!11

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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.12

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              22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deerb stepping into a noosec13

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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 pierces14 his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.15

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