Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 My sonne, keepe my words, and lay vp my commaundements with thee. Proverbs 7:2 Keepe my commandements, and liue: and my law as the apple of thine eye. Proverbs 7:3 Bind them vpon thy fingers, write them vpon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say vnto Wisedome, Thou [art] my sister, and call Understanding [thy] kinse woman, Proverbs 7:5 That they may keepe thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
In an example of his own experience,
Proverbs 7:6 For at the windowe of my house I looked through my casement, Proverbs 7:7 And behelde among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a yong man void of vnderstanding, Proverbs 7:8 Passing through the streete neere her corner, and he went the way to her house, Proverbs 7:9 In the twilight in the euening, in the blacke and darke night:
he sheweth the cunning of a whore,
Proverbs 7:10 And behold, there met him a woman, [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtill of heart. Proverbs 7:11 (She is loud and stubburne, her feet abide not in her house: Proverbs 7:12 Now is shee without, now in the streetes, and lieth in waite at euery corner.) Proverbs 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face, said vnto him, Proverbs 7:14 I [haue] peace offerings with me: this day haue I paid my vowes. Proverbs 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meete thee, diligently to seeke thy face, and I haue found thee. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckt my bed with couerings of tapestrie, with carued workes, [with] fine linnen of Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 I haue perfumed my bed with myrrhe, aloes, and cynamom. Proverbs 7:18 Come, let vs take our fill of loue vntill the morning, let vs solace our selues with loues. Proverbs 7:19 For the good-man [is] not at home, he is gone a long iourney. Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the day appointed. Proverbs 7:21 With much faire speech she caused him to yeeld, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.
Proverbs 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an oxe goeth to the slaughter, or as a foole to the correction of the stocks, Proverbs 7:23 Til a dart strike through his liuer, as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.
He dehorteth from such wickedness.
Proverbs 7:24 Hearken vnto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her wayes, goe not astray in her paths. Proverbs 7:26 For shee hath cast downe many wounded: yea many strong men haue bene slaine by her. Proverbs 7:27 Her house [is] the way to hell, going downe to the chambers of death.