Douay-Rheims Bible

Proverbs 7

Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my precepts with thee. Son, Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments, and thou shalt live: and my law as the apple of thy eye: Proverbs 7:3 Bind it upon thy fingers, write it upon the tables of thy heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say to wisdom: Thou art my sister: and call prudence thy friend, Proverbs 7:5 That she may keep thee from the woman that is not thine, and from the stranger who sweeteneth her words.

In an example of his own experience,

Proverbs 7:6 For I looked out of the window of my house through the lattice, Proverbs 7:7 And I see little ones, I behold a foolish young man, Proverbs 7:8 Who passeth through the street by the corner, and goeth nigh the way of her house, Proverbs 7:9 In the dark when it grows late, in the darkness and obscurity of the night.

he sheweth the cunning of a whore,

Proverbs 7:10 And behold a woman meeteth him in harlot's attire, prepared to deceive souls: talkative and wandering, Proverbs 7:11 Not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home, Proverbs 7:12 Now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the corners. Proverbs 7:13 And catching the young man, she kisseth him, and with an impudent face, flattereth, saying: Proverbs 7:14 I vowed victims for prosperity, this day I have paid my vows. Proverbs 7:15 Therefore I am come out to meet thee, desirous to see thee, and I have found thee. Proverbs 7:16 I have woven my bed with cords, I have covered it with painted tapestry, brought from Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come, let us be inebriated with the breasts, and let us enjoy the desired embraces, till the day appear. Proverbs 7:19 For my husband is not at home, he is gone a very long journey. Proverbs 7:20 He took with him a bag of money: he will return home the day of the full moon. Proverbs 7:21 She entangled him with many words, and drew him away with the flattery of her lips.

and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.

Proverbs 7:22 Immediately he followeth her as an ox led to be a victim, and as a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like a fool to bonds, Proverbs 7:23 Till the arrow pierce his liver: as if a bird should make haste to the snare, and knoweth not that his life is in danger.

He dehorteth from such wickedness.

Proverbs 7:24 Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and attend to the words of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thy mind be drawn away in her ways: neither be thou deceived with her paths. Proverbs 7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been slain by her. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, reaching even to the inner chambers of death.

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