Coverdale Bible

Proverbs 7

Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.

Proverbs 7:1 My sonne, kepe my wordes, & laye vp my comaundemetes by the. Proverbs 7:2 Kepe my comaundemetes & my lawe, eue as the aple of thine eye, & thou shalt lyue. Proverbs 7:3 Bynde them vpon thy fyngers, & wryte the in the table of thine hert. Proverbs 7:4 Saye vnto wysdome: thou art my sister, and call vnderstondinge thy kynswoman: Proverbs 7:5 that she maye kepe ye fro ye strauge woma, & fro ye harlot which geueth swete wordes.

In an example of his own experience,

Proverbs 7:6 For out of the wyndowe of my house I loked thorow the trelies, Proverbs 7:7 & behelde the simple people: & amonge other yonge folkes I spyed one yonge foole Proverbs 7:8 goinge ouer the stretes, by the corner in the waye towarde the harlottes house Proverbs 7:9 in the twylight of of the euenynge, when it begane now to be night and darcke.

he sheweth the cunning of a whore,

Proverbs 7:10 And beholde, there mett him a woma in an harlottes apparell Proverbs 7:11 (a disceatfull, waton & an vnstedfast woma: whose fete coude not abyde in ye house, Proverbs 7:12 now is she without, now i ye stretes, & lurketh i euery corner) Proverbs 7:13 she caught ye yoge ma, kyssed him & was not ashamed, sayege: Proverbs 7:14 I had a vowe to paye, & this daye I perfourme it. Proverbs 7:15 Therfore came I forth to mete the, that I might seke thy face, and so I haue founde the. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckte my bed with coueringes & clothes of Egipte. Proverbs 7:17 My bed haue I made to smell of Myrre, Aloes and Cynamom. Proverbs 7:18 Come, let vs lye together, & take oure pleasure till it be daye light. Proverbs 7:19 For the good man is not at home, he is gone farre of. Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken the bagg of moneye with him, who can tell whe he cometh home? Proverbs 7:21 Thus with many swete wordes she ouercame him, and with hir flateringe lippes she wanne him.

and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.

Proverbs 7:22 Immediatly he foloweth her, as it were an oxeled to the slaughter (and like as it were to the stockes, where fooles are punyshed) Proverbs 7:23 so longe till she hath wounded his lyuer with hir darte: like as yf a byrde haisted to the snare, not knowinge that the parell of his life lyeth there vpo.

He dehorteth from such wickedness.

Proverbs 7:24 Heare me now therfore (o my sonne) and marcke the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thine herte wandre in hir wayes, & be not thou disceaued in hir pathes. Proverbs 7:26 For many one hath she wouded and cast downe, yee many a stronge ma hath she slayne. Proverbs 7:27 Hir house is the waye vnto hell, where men go downe to the chambers of death.

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