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, And 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 understanding your intimate friend;
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters 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 out through my lattice,
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes 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 middle of the night and in the darkness.
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;
12Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.12She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14"I was due to offer 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!15"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16"I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.
17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.17"I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love,18"Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19"For 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 has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home."
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. 23Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So 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.24Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention 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 many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
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