English Revised Version

Proverbs 7

Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Proverbs 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers; write them upon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman: Proverbs 7:5 That they may keep 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 window of my house I looked forth through my lattice; Proverbs 7:7 And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Proverbs 7:8 Passing through the street near her corner, and he went the way to her house; Proverbs 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the blackness of night and the darkness.

he sheweth the cunning of a whore,

Proverbs 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and wily of heart. Proverbs 7:11 She is clamorous, and wilful; her feet abide not in her house: Proverbs 7:12 Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, and lieth in wait at every corner. Proverbs 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face she said unto him: Proverbs 7:14 Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me; this day have I paid my vows. Proverbs 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. Proverbs 7:16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves. Proverbs 7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him; he will come home at the full moon. Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forceth him away.

and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.

Proverbs 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as fetters to the correction of the fool; Proverbs 7:23 Till an arrow strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

He dehorteth from such wickedness.

Proverbs 7:24 Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. Proverbs 7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, all her slain are a mighty host. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

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