Proverbs, Chapter 7 - Beware the Seductive Temptress

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Proverbs 7:1
My son, keep my words. Lay up my commandments within you.
Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commandments and live! Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye.
Proverbs 7:3
Bind them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 7:4
Tell wisdom, “You are my sister.” Call understanding your relative,
Proverbs 7:5
That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who flatters with her words.
Proverbs 7:6
For at the window of my house, I looked out through my lattice.
Proverbs 7:7
I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,
Proverbs 7:8
Passing through the street near her corner, he went the way to her house,
Proverbs 7:9
In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the middle of the night and in the darkness.
Proverbs 7:10
Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute, and with crafty intent.
Proverbs 7:11
She is loud and defiant. Her feet don’t stay in her house.
Proverbs 7:12
Now she is in the streets, now in the squares, and lurking at every corner.
Proverbs 7:13
So she caught him, and kissed him. With an impudent face she said to him:
Proverbs 7:14
“Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me. Today I have paid my vows.
Proverbs 7:15
Therefore I came out to meet you, to diligently seek your face, and I have found you.
Proverbs 7:16
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.
Proverbs 7:17
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Proverbs 7:18
Come, let’s take our fill of loving until the morning. Let’s solace ourselves with loving.
Proverbs 7:19
For my husband isn’t at home. He has gone on a long journey.
Proverbs 7:20
He has taken a bag of money with him. He will come home at the full moon.”
Proverbs 7:21
With persuasive words, she led him astray. With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him.
Proverbs 7:22
He followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool stepping into a noose.
Proverbs 7:23
Until an arrow strikes through his liver, as a bird hurries to the snare, and doesn’t know that it will cost his life.
Proverbs 7:24
Now therefore, sons, listen to me. Pay attention to the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 7:25
Don’t let your heart turn to her ways. Don’t go astray in her paths,
Proverbs 7:26
For she has thrown down many wounded. Yes, all her slain are a mighty army.
Proverbs 7:27
Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the rooms of death.

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