Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you.
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2Keep my commandments and live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3Strap them to your fingers and engrave them on the tablet of your heart.3Tie them to your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, "You're my sister!" and call understanding your close relative,4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman,
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5that they may keep you from the adulteress, from the stranger with seductive words.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6For at the window of my house I looked through the lattice.
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment,
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8crossing the street near her corner, strolling down the road to her house,
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9at twilight, as the day was fading into the dark of the night.
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10Then a woman came out to meet him, with the attire of a harlot and cunning of heart.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11She is loud and defiant; her feet do not remain at home.
12Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.12Now in the street, now in the squares, she lurks at every corner.
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13She seizes him and kisses him; she brazenly says to him:
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14“I have made my peace offerings; today I have paid my vows.
15Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you!15So I came out to meet you; I sought you, and I have found you.
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I have decked my bed with coverings, with colored linen from Egypt.
17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, with aloes, and with cinnamon.
18Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love,18Come, let us take our fill of love till morning. Let us delight in loving caresses!
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
20He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month."20He took with him a bag of money and will not return till the moon is full.”
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21With her great persuasion she entices him; with her flattering lips she lures him.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22He follows her on impulse, like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding into a trap,
23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. 23until an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare—not knowing it will cost him his life.
24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.24Now, my sons, listen to me, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. 25Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths.
26For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain.26For she has brought many down to death; her slain are many in number.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is the road to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.
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