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Proverbs 7:1-27

7  My son, be careful of what I say and lay up my commands in your mind. 2  Be careful of my commands and live; and of my teaching as if of the apple of your eye. 3  Tie them to your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4  Say to wisdom “you are my sister,” and call discretion a relative, 5  To guard you from a stranger woman, from a foreigner that talks slippery language. 6  For I looked out of my house window, through my lattice, 7  And I saw among the simpletons, perceived among the youngsters, a brainless boy 8  Going along the street that went by her corner and stepping in the direction of her house 9  In the twilight, the evening hours, in the dead of night and the murky gloom; 10*  And there coming to meet him was a woman with a prostitute’s rig and a close heart;— 11  Boisterous and wayward is she, her feet do not perch in her house; 12  Now in the street, now in the squares, and beside every corner she lies in ambush;— 13  And she caught hold of him and kissed him, said to him with a bold face 14*  “I have welfare-sacrifices that must be eaten, I paid my vows today; 15  That was why I came out to meet you, to hunt up your face, and I have found you. 16  I have spread my couch with rugs, striped work of Egyptian yarn, 17  I have sifted myrrh, eaglewood, and cinnamon over my sofa. 18  Come on, we will quaff love till morning, have a gay night with endearments, 19  Because husband is not in the house, he is off on a long journey, 20  He took the moneybag with him; he will get home the day the moon is full.” 21  She swayed him with the thoroughness of her technique, tugged at him with the glibness of her lips— 22*  He suddenly goes along after her like a steer coming to the slaughter, Or as a buck prances toward a decoy 23  till an arrow cuts open his liver; Like a bird’s hurrying into a trap and not knowing that its life is at stake. 24  Now, sons, hear me and listen to the words of my mouth: 25  Let your hearts not run off into her roads, do not stray along her paths, 26  Because she has stabbed down many and all her killed are a multitude. 27*  Her paths are roads to the world below, going down to the chambers of death.


7:10 Conj. in a prostitute’s rig, bundled up in a muffler
7:14 Lit. There are welfare-sacrifices on me, I paid
7:22 (last part) Unc.
7:27 Codd. Her house is roads to