Proverbs 23:28

28 She'll take you for all you've got; she's worse than a pack of thieves.

Proverbs 23:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:28

She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey
At the door of her house, in the corner of the streets, in the dark of the night; laying her snares, and spreading her nets, for unwary persons, to make a prey of their virtue and of their money. Or, "as [a man of] prey" {k}; a thief and robber, so Gersom; thus she watches and takes all opportunities to seize on persons, and rob them of their substance, health, and credit; or rather "as [a beast of] prey"; ravenous, devouring, and insatiable; so the Targum,

``as a beast ravening, she lies in wait with her eyes;''
and increaseth the transgressors among men;
there is none that occasions wore sin, or makes more sinners, than a whorish woman; swearing, lying, drunkenness, thieving, stealing, housebreaking, robbing on the highway are the sins she leads into. Or, "increaseth treacherous" F12 persons; to God, to their king, to their wives, to their master's; and all that they may consume, what they can get by perfidious practices, upon them, or,
``perfidious persons among men, she adds "to herself" F13;''
she gets a parcel of abandoned wretches about her, whom she employs as her panders for her lust, or as bullies to spoil her gallants of their substance, or murder them for the sake of it.

F11 (Ptxk) "tanquam vir praedae", Vatablus; "ut praedator", Mercerus, Gejerus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ut raptor", Cocceius; "velut praedo", Michaelis; "ut harpago", Schultens.
F12 (Mydgwb) "perfidos", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schultens.
F13 (Pyowt) "adjungitque sibi", Tigurine version.

Proverbs 23:28 In-Context

26 Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you.
27 A whore is a bottomless pit; a loose woman can get you in deep trouble fast.
28 She'll take you for all you've got; she's worse than a pack of thieves.
29 Who are the people who are always crying the blues? Who do you know who reeks of self-pity? Who keeps getting beat up for no reason at all? Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot?
30 It's those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business.
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