Proverbs 7
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1My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you.1My son, guard what I say and treasure my commands.
2Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.2Keep my commands and you'll live. Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight.
3Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.3Strap them to your fingers and engrave them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin,4Say to wisdom, "You're my sister!" and call understanding your close relative,
5That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.5so they can keep you from an adulterous woman, from the immoral woman with her seductive words.
6For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,6For from a window in my house I peered through the lattice work,
7And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding,7and I noticed among the na´ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.
8Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house8Proceeding down the street near her corner, he makes his way toward her house
9In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night.9at twilight, during the evening, even during the darkest part of the night.
10And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.10Look! A woman makes her way to meet him, dressed as a prostitute and intending to entrap him.
11She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home.11She is brazen and defiant— her feet don't remain at home.
12At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner.12Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.
13So she caught him and kissed him; With an impudent face she said to him:13So she grabs hold of him and kisses him, with a brazen face she speaks to him,
14I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows.14"I have given my peace offerings, and today I fulfilled my vows.
15So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you.15Therefore, I've come out to meet you, I've looked just for you, and I found you!
16I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.16I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.
17I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.17I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love.18Come, let's make love until dawn; let's comfort ourselves with love,
19For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey;19because my husband isn't home. He left on a long trip.
20He has taken a bag of money with him, And will come home on the appointed day.”20He took a fist full of cash and he'll return home in a month."
21With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him.21She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.
22Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,22All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap
23Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life.23until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision.
24Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth:24So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to what I have to say.
25Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths;25Don't be led astray by her lifestyle, and don't imitate her behavior.
26For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.26For many are the victims whom she has conquered, and many are her slain.
27Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.27Her house leads to Sheol, descending to death's catacombs.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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