Proverbs 7 TNIV

Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

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 to insight, "You are my relative."
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.4

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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.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 unruly7 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 "Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering11 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 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 deera stepping into a nooseb16

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            • a 7:22 - Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "fool"
            • b 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, leading down to the chambers of death.21

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