||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 7 [Commentary] |
||My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
||Keep my commandments and live,
And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
||Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
||Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
And call understanding your intimate friend;
||That they may keep you from an adulteress,
From the foreigner who flatters with her words.
||For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice,
||And I saw among the naive,
And discerned among the youths
A young man lacking sense,
||Passing through the street near her corner;
And he takes the way to her house,
||In the twilight, in the evening,
In the middle of the night and in the darkness.
||And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
||She is boisterous and rebellious,
Her feet do not remain at home;
||She is now in the streets, now in the squares,
And lurks by every corner.
||So she seizes him and kisses him
And with a brazen face she says to him:
||"I was due to offer peace offerings;
Today I have paid my vows.
||"Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
||"I have spread my couch with coverings,
With colored linens of Egypt.
||"I have sprinkled my bed
With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
||"Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
||"For my husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
||He has taken a bag of money with him,
At the full moon he will come home."
||With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her flattering lips she seduces him.
||Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
||Until 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.
||Now therefore, my sons, listen to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
||Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths.
||For many are the victims she has cast down,
And numerous are all her slain.
||Her house is the way to Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.
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