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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 7:1-27

7  My son, keep my sayings,+ and may you treasure up my own commandments with you.+  Keep my commandments and continue living,+ and my law like the pupil+ of your eyes.  Tie them upon your fingers,+ and write them upon the tablet of your heart.+  Say to wisdom:+ “You are my sister”; and may you call understanding itself “Kinswoman,”  to guard you against the woman stranger,+ against the foreigner who has made her own sayings smooth.+  For at the window of my house, through my lattice+ I looked down,  that I might peer upon the inexperienced ones.+ I was interested in discerning among the sons a young man in want of heart,*+  passing along on the street near her corner, and in the way to her house he marches,+  in the twilight, in the evening of the day,+ at the approach* of the night and the gloom. 10  And, look! there was a woman to meet him, with the garment of a prostitute+ and cunning* of heart. 11  She is boisterous and stubborn.+ In her house her feet do not keep residing.+ 12  Now she is outdoors, now she is in the public squares,+ and near every corner she lies in wait.+ 13  And she has grabbed hold of him and given him a kiss.+ She has put on a bold face, and she begins to say to him: 14  “Communion sacrifices were incumbent upon me.+ Today I have paid my vows.+ 15  That is why I have come out to meet you, to look for your face, that I may find you. 16  With coverlets I have bedecked my divan, with many-colored things, linen of Egypt.+ 17  I have besprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.+ 18  Do come, let us drink our fill of love until the morning; do let us enjoy each other with love expressions.+ 19  For the husband is not in his house; he has gone traveling on a way of some distance.+ 20  A bag of money* he has taken in his hand. On the day of the full moon he will come to his house.” 21  She has misled him by the abundance of her persuasiveness.+ By the smoothness of her lips she seduces him.+ 22  All of a sudden he is going after her,*+ like a bull that comes even to the slaughter, and just as if fettered* for the discipline of a foolish man, 23  until an arrow cleaves open his liver,+ just as a bird hastens into the trap,+ and he has not known that it involves his very soul.*+ 24  And now, O sons, listen to me and pay attention to the sayings of my mouth.+ 25  May your heart not turn aside to her ways. Do not wander into her roadways.+ 26  For many are the ones she has caused to fall down slain,+ and all those being killed by her are numerous.+ 27  The ways to She′ol* her house+ is; they are descending to the interior rooms of death.+

Footnotes

Or, “lacking good motive.” Heb., chasar-lev′.
“Approach,” by a slight correction; M, “pupil (of the eye),” or, “middle.”
Lit., “guarded.”
Lit., “the silver.”
Or, “with her.”
“Fettered,” by a change of vowel pointing; M, “an anklet (fetter).”
“That it involves his very soul (life).” Heb., ki-venaph·shoh′ huʼ; Gr., psy·khes′; Lat., a′ni·mae. See App 4A.
“Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohl′; Gr., hai′dou; Lat., in′fe·ri.