Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My child, keep my words and treasure up my commands in your own keeping.
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2Keep my commands so that you may live, and obey my instruction as your most prized possession.
3Strap them to your fingers and engrave them on the tablet of your heart.3Bind them on your forearm; 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 a close relative,
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5so that they may keep you from the adulterous woman, from the loose woman who flatters you with her words.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6For at the window of my house through my window lattice I looked out
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7and I saw among the naive--I discerned among the youths--a young man who lacked wisdom.
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8He was passing by the street near her corner, making his way along the road to her house
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9in the twilight, 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.10Suddenly a woman came out to meet him! She was dressed like a prostitute and with secret intent.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11(She is loud and rebellious, she does not remain at home--
12Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.12at one time outside, at another in the wide plazas, and by every corner she lies in wait.)
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13So she grabbed him and kissed him, and with a bold expression she said to him,
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14"I have fresh meat at home; today I have fulfilled my vows!
15Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you!15That is why I came out to meet you, to look for you, and I found you!
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, with richly colored fabric from 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's drink deeply of lovemaking until morning, let's delight ourselves with sexual intercourse.
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a journey of some distance.
20He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month."20He has taken a bag of money with him; he will not return until the end of the month."
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21She persuaded him with persuasive words; with her smooth talk she compelled him.
22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap 22Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter, like a stag prancing into a trapper's snare
23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision. 23till an arrow pierces his liver--like a bird hurrying into a trap, and 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.24So now, sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words I speak.
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 wander into her pathways;
26For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain.26for she has brought down many fatally wounded, and all those she has slain are many.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is the way to the grave, going down to the chambers of death.
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