Proverbs 23:27
New International Version
for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

New Living Translation
A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.

English Standard Version
For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well.

Berean Study Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit, and an adulteress is a narrow well.

King James Bible
For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

New King James Version
For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well.

New American Standard Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit, And a strange woman is a narrow well.

NASB 1995
For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

NASB 1977
For a harlot is a deep pit, And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

Amplified Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit, And an immoral woman is a narrow well.

Christian Standard Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit, and a wayward woman is a narrow well;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit, and a stranger is a narrow well;

American Standard Version
For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a whore is a deep ditch and an estranged woman is a disturbed well.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For a strange house is a vessel full of holes; and a strange well is narrow.

Contemporary English Version
Bad women and unfaithful wives are like a deep pit--

Douay-Rheims Bible
For a harlot is a deep ditch: and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

English Revised Version
For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Good News Translation
Prostitutes and immoral women are a deadly trap.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A prostitute is a deep pit. A loose woman is a narrow well.

International Standard Version
because a prostitute is a deep pit, and the adulterous woman a narrow well.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For a harlot is a deep ditch; And an alien woman is a narrow pit.

Literal Standard Version
For a harlot [is] a deep ditch, "" And a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.

NET Bible
for a prostitute is like a deep pit; a harlot is like a narrow well.

New Heart English Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

World English Bible
For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

Young's Literal Translation
For a harlot is a deep ditch, And a strange woman is a strait pit.

Additional Translations ...
Context
True Riches
26My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways. 27For a prostitute is a deep pit, and an adulteress is a narrow well. 28Like a robber she lies in wait and multiplies the faithless among men.…

Cross References
Proverbs 2:16
It will rescue you from the forbidden woman, from the stranger with seductive words

Proverbs 5:20
Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, or embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Proverbs 22:14
The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the wrath of the LORD will fall into it.


Treasury of Scripture

For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.









(27) Strange woman (nokhriyyah).--See above, on Proverbs 2:16.

Verse 27. - The need of the emphatic injunction in ver. 26 is exemplified by the dangers of impurity. A deep ditch; as Proverbs 22:14. A strange woman is a narrow pit. (For "strange woman," equivalent to "harlot," see on Proverbs 2:16.) A narrow pit is one with a narrow month, from which, if one falls into it, it is difficult to extricate one's self. The verse indicates the seductive nature of the vice of unchastity: how easy it is to be led into it! how difficult to rise from it! Thus St. Chrysostom ('Hom. 11, in 1 Corinthians'), "When by unclean desire the soul is made captive, even as a cloud and mist darken the eyes of the body, so that desire intercepts the foresight of the mind, and suffers no one to see any distance before him, either precipice, or hell, or fear; but thenceforth, having that deceit as a tyrant over him, he comes to be easily vanquished by sin; and there is raised up before his eyes as it were a partition wall, and no windows in it, which suffers not the ray of righteousness to shine in upon the mind, the absurd conceits of lust enclosing it as with a rampart on all sides. And then, and from that time forward, the unchaste woman is everywhere meeting him - before his eyes, before his mind, before his thoughts, in station and presence. And as the blind, although they stand at high noon beneath the very central point of the heaven, receive not the light, their eyes being fast closed up; just so these also, though ten thousand doctrines of salvation sound in their ears from all quarters, having their soul preoccupied with this passion, stop their ears against all discourses of that kind. And they know it well who have made the trial. But God forbid that you should know it from actual experience!" The LXX. has changed the allusion: "For a strange house is a pierced wine jar (πίθος τετρημένος), and a strange well is narrow," where the idea seems to be that the private well, which is dug for the convenience of one family only, is not to be relied upon, and will yield not enough to supply others' wants. Hence would arise a warning against coveting a neighbour's wife. There is a Greek proverb about drawing wine into pierced jars (Xen., 'OEcon.,' 7:40).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

a prostitute
זוֹנָ֑ה (zō·w·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2181: To commit adultery, to commit idolatry

is a deep
עֲמֻקָּ֣ה (‘ă·muq·qāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 6013: Deep

pit,
שׁוּחָ֣ה (šū·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7745: A chasm

and an adulteress
נָכְרִיָּֽה׃ (nā·ḵə·rî·yāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 5237: Foreign, alien

is a narrow
צָ֝רָ֗ה (ṣā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

well.
וּבְאֵ֥ר (ū·ḇə·’êr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 875: A pit, a well


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