Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 My sonne, keepe my wordes, & hide my commandements with thee. Proverbs 7:2 Keepe my commandements, and thou shalt liue, and mine instruction as the apple of thine eyes. Proverbs 7:3 Binde them vpon thy fingers, and write them vpon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say vnto wisedome, Thou art my sister: and call vnderstanding thy kinswoman, Proverbs 7:5 That they may keepe thee from the strange woman, euen from the stranger that is smoothe in her wordes.
In an example of his own experience,
Proverbs 7:6 As I was in the window of mine house, I looked through my windowe, Proverbs 7:7 And I sawe among the fooles, and considered among the children a yong man destitute of vnderstanding, Proverbs 7:8 Who passed through the streete by her corner, and went toward her house, Proverbs 7:9 In the twilight in the euening, when the night began to be blacke and darke.
he sheweth the cunning of a whore,
Proverbs 7:10 And beholde, there met him a woman with an harlots behauiour, and subtill in heart. Proverbs 7:11 (She is babling and loud: whose feete can not abide in her house. Proverbs 7:12 Nowe she is without, nowe in the streetes, and lyeth in waite at euery corner) Proverbs 7:13 So she caught him & kissed him and with an impudent face said vnto him, Proverbs 7:14 I haue peace offerings: this day haue I payed my vowes. Proverbs 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meete thee, that I might seeke thy face: and I haue found thee. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckt my bed with ornaments, carpets and laces of Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 I haue perfumed my bedde with myrrhe, aloes, and cynamom. Proverbs 7:18 Come, let vs take our fill of loue vntill the morning: let vs take our pleasure in daliance. Proverbs 7:19 For mine husbande is not at home: he is gone a iourney farre off. Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken with him a bagge of siluer, and will come home at the day appointed. Proverbs 7:21 Thus with her great craft she caused him to yeelde, and with her flattering lips she entised him.
and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.
Proverbs 7:22 And he followed her straight wayes, as an oxe that goeth to the slaughter, and as a foole to the stockes for correction, Proverbs 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liuer, as a bird hasteth to the snare, not knowing that he is in danger.
He dehorteth from such wickedness.
Proverbs 7:24 Heare me now therefore, O children, and hearken to the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her wayes: wander thou not in her paths. Proverbs 7:26 For shee hath caused many to fall downe wounded, & the strong men are all slaine by her. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way vnto ye graue, which goeth downe to the chambers of death.