Proverbs 7
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1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.1My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.2Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings 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 to insight, "You are my relative."
5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.5They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,6At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.7I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.
8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house8He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.9at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.10Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.11(She is unruly and defiant, her feet never 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, at every corner she lurks.)
13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,13She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.14"Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
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; I looked for you and have found you!
16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.16I have covered my bed with colored linens 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 love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.19My 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 his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."
21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.21With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
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 followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose
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 darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.24Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior. 25Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
26For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain.26Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.27Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
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