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Proverbs - Chapter 7

My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.   1

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.   2

Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.   3

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;   4

they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.   5

At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.   6

I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.   7

He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house   8

at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.   9

Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.   10

(She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;   11

now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)   12

She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:   13

"I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.   14

So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!   15

I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.   16

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.   17

Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!   18

My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.   19

He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."   20

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.   21

All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose   22

till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.   23

Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.   24

Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.   25

Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.   26

Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.   27

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