Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My son, obey my words, and treasure my commands.
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2Keep my commands and live, and guard my instructions as you would the pupil 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 relative.
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5She will keep you from a forbidden woman, a wayward woman with her flattering talk.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6At the window of my house I looked through my lattice.
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense.
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8Crossing the street near her corner, he strolled down the road to her house
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9at twilight, in the evening, in the dark of the night.
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10A woman came to meet him dressed like a prostitute, having a hidden agenda.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11She is loud and defiant; her feet do not stay 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 grabs him and kisses him; she brazenly says to him,
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14"I've made fellowship offerings; today I've fulfilled 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, to search for you, and I've found you.
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I've spread coverings on my bed--richly colored linen from Egypt.
17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love,18Come, let's drink deeply of lovemaking until morning. Let's feast on each other's love!
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19My husband isn't home; he went on a long journey.
20He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month."20He took a bag of silver with him and will come home at the time of the full moon."
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21She seduces him with her persistent pleading; she lures with her flattering talk.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward 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 its liver, like a bird darting into a snare--he doesn't know it will cost him his life.
24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.24Now, sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words from my mouth.
25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. 25Don't let your heart turn aside to her ways; don't stray onto 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 victims are countless.
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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