Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3Strap them to your fingers and engrave them on the tablet of your heart.3Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4Say to wisdom, "You're my sister!" and call understanding your close relative,4Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.12Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you!15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
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 until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month."20He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. 23Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. 25Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain.26For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
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