Proverbs 7:4
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English Standard Version
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend,

King James Bible
Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

American Standard Version
Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding thy kinswoman:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say to wisdom: Thou art my sister: and call prudence thy friend,

English Revised Version
Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

Webster's Bible Translation
Say to wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Here there is a contrast stated to Proverbs 6:30 :

32 He who commits adultery (adulterans mulierem) is beside himself,

     A self-destroyer-who does this.

33 He gains stripes and disgrace,

     And his reproach is never quenched.

נאף, which primarily seems to mean excedere, to indulge in excess, is, as also in the Decalogue, cf. Leviticus 20:10, transitive: ὁ μοιχεύων γυναῖκα. Regarding being mad (herzlos equals heartless) equals amens (excors, vecors), vid., Psychologie, p. 254. משׁחית נפשׁו is he who goes to ruin with wilful perversity. A self-murderer - i.e., he intends to ruin his position and his prosperity in life - who does it, viz., this, that he touches the wife of another. It is the worst and most inextinguishable dishonouring of oneself. Singularly Behaji: who annihilates it (his soul), with reference to Deuteronomy 21:12. Ecclesiastes 4:17, where עשׂה would be equivalent to בּטּל, καταργεῖν, which is untrue and impossible.

(Note: Behaji ought rather to have referred to Zephaniah 3:19; Ezekiel 7:27; Ezekiel 22:14; but there עשׂה את means agere cum aliquo, as we say: mit jemandem abrechnen (to settle accounts with any one).)

נגע refers to the corporal punishment inflicted on the adulterer by the husband (Deuteronomy 17:8; Deuteronomy 21:5); Hitzig, who rejects Proverbs 6:32, refers it to the stripes which were given to the thief according to the law, but these would be called מכּה (מכּות). The punctuation נגע־וקלון is to be exchanged for קלונו נגע (Lwenstein and other good editors). מצא has a more active signification than our "finden" (to find): consequitur, τυγχάνει.

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Cross References
Proverbs 7:3
bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 7:5
to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.

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