Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 7

Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.

Proverbs 7:1 My sonne kepe my words, and lay vp my commaundements by thee. Proverbs 7:2 Kepe my commaundementes & my lawe, euen as the apple of thyne eye, and thou shalt liue. Proverbs 7:3 Binde them vpon thy fingers, and wryte them in the table of thyne heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say vnto wysdome, thou art my sister: and call vnderstanding thy kinsewoman: Proverbs 7:5 That they may kepe thee from the straunge woman, and from the forraine woman which geueth sweete wordes.

In an example of his own experience,

Proverbs 7:6 For at the windowe of my house I loked through the windowe, Proverbs 7:7 And behelde among the simple people and among the chyldren a young man voyde of wyt, Proverbs 7:8 Goyng ouer the streate by the corner in the way towarde her house Proverbs 7:9 In the twylight of the euening, when it began nowe to be night and darke:

he sheweth the cunning of a whore,

Proverbs 7:10 And behold there met hym a woman with open tokens of an harlot, onlye her heart was hid: Proverbs 7:11 She was full of loude wordes and redye to dallie, whose feete coulde not abide in the house: Proverbs 7:12 Nowe is she without, nowe in the streates, and lyeth in wayte at euery corner. Proverbs 7:13 She caught hym and kissed him, and was not ashamed, saying: Proverbs 7:14 I had a vowe of peace offeringes to pay, and this day I perfourme it: Proverbs 7:15 Therefore came I foorth to meete thee, that I might seeke thy face, and so haue I founde thee. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckt my bed with coueringes of tapessarie, and clothes of Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 My bed haue I made to smell of Myrre, Aloes, and Cinamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come let vs take our fill of loue vntyll the morning, and let vs solace our selues with the pleasures of loue. Proverbs 7:19 For the good man is not at home, he is gone farre of. Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken the bagge of money with hym, and wyll returne at the appointed solempne feast. Proverbs 7:21 Thus with many sweete wordes she ouercame him, and with her flattering lippes she entised hym.

and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.

Proverbs 7:22 Sodainly he folowed her, as it were an oxe led to the slaughter, and lyke as it were a foole [that laugheth] when he goeth to the stockes to be punished, Proverbs 7:23 So long tyll she had wounded his lyuer with her dart: lyke as if a byrde hasted to the snare, not knowing that the perill of his life lieth thervpon.

He dehorteth from such wickedness.

Proverbs 7:24 Heare me now therfore O my chylde, and marke the wordes of my mouth: Proverbs 7:25 Let not thyne heart wander in her wayes, and be not thou deceaued in her pathes. Proverbs 7:26 For many one hath she wounded and cast downe, yea many a strong man hath ben slaine by the meanes of her. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way vnto hell, and bryng men downe into the chaumbers of death.

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