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The Proverbs, chapter 7, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 7

New English Translation

   Admonition to Avoid the Wiles of the Adulteress
   1 My child, keep my words and treasure up my commands in your own keeping.
   2 Keep my commands so that you may live, and obey my instruction as your most prized possession.
   3 Bind them on your forearm; write them on the tablet of your heart.
   4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding a close relative,
   5 so that they may keep you from the adulterous woman, from the loose woman who flatters you with her words.
   6 For at the window of my house through my window lattice I looked out
   7 and I saw among the naive - I discerned among the youths - a young man who lacked wisdom.
   8 He was passing by the street near her corner, making his way along the road to her house
   9 in the twilight, the evening, in the dark of the night.
   10 Suddenly a woman came out to meet him! She was dressed like a prostitute and with secret intent.
   11 (She is loud and rebellious, she does not remain at home -
   12 at one time outside, at another in the wide plazas, and by every corner she lies in wait. )
   13 So she grabbed him and kissed him, and with a bold expression she said to him,
   14 "I have fresh meat at home; today I have fulfilled my vows!
   15 That is why I came out to meet you, to look for you, and I found you!
   16 I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, with richly colored fabric from Egypt.
   17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
   18 Come, let's drink deeply of lovemaking until morning, let's delight ourselves with sexual intercourse.
   19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a journey of some distance.
   20 He has taken a bag of money with him; he will not return until the end of the month."
   21 She persuaded him with persuasive words; with her smooth talk she compelled him.
   22 Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter, like a stag prancing into a trapper's snare
   23 till an arrow pierces his liver - like a bird hurrying into a trap, and he does not know that it will cost him his life.
   24 So now, sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words I speak.
   25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways - do not wander into her pathways;
   26 for she has brought down many fatally wounded, and all those she has slain are many.
   27 Her house is the way to the grave, going down to the chambers of death.

King James Version

   1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
   2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
   3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
   4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
   5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
   6 ¶ For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
   7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
   8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
   9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
   10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
   11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
   12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
   13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
   14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
   15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
   16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
   17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
   18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
   19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
   20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
   21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
   22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
   23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
   24 ¶ Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
   25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
   26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
   27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

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