Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3Strap them to your fingers and engrave them on the tablet of your heart.3bind them on 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 insight your intimate friend,
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice,
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense,
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11She is loud and wayward; 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 market, and at every corner she lies in wait.
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him,
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14“I had to offer sacrifices, and 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 now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and 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 ourselves with love.
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 a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.”
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast
23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. 23till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.24And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. 25Let not 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 many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
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