Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 My sonne, kepe my wordes, & laye vp my commaundementes by the. Proverbs 7:2 Kepe my commaundementes and my lawe, euen as the apple of thyne eye, and thou shalt lyue. Proverbs 7:3 Bynde them vpon thy fyngers, and wryte them in the table of thyne hert. Proverbs 7:4 Saye vnto wysdome: thou art my syster, and call vnderstandynge thy kynswoman: Proverbs 7:5 that they maye kepe the from the straunge woman, and from the 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 thorowe the latysse, Proverbs 7:7 & behelde the symple people: and amonge other yonge folkes I spyed one yonge foole, Proverbs 7:8 goinge ouer þe stretes, by the corner in the waye towarde þe harlottes house, Proverbs 7:9 in the twylight of the euenynge, when it beganne nowe to be nyght & darcke.
he sheweth the cunning of a whore,
Proverbs 7:10 And beholde, there mett hym a woman wt open tokens of an harlot, onely her herte was hyde, Proverbs 7:11 She was full of loude wordes, & redy to daly: whose fete coulde not abyde in the house, Proverbs 7:12 nowe is the without, now in the stretes, and layeth abayte in euery corner, Proverbs 7:13 she caught the yongeman, kyssed hym, and was not ashamed, sayinge: Proverbs 7:14 I had a vowe of peace offerynges to paye, and thys daye I perfourme it. Proverbs 7:15 Therfore came I forth to mete þe, that I myght seke thy face, and so I haue founde the. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckte my bed with couerynges and clothes of Egypte. Proverbs 7:17 My bed haue I made to smell of Mirre, Aloes, and Cynamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come lett vs ly together, and take oure pleasure tyll it be daye lyght: and we wyll enioye 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 moneye with hym: And will retourne home at þe appoynted solempne feste? Proverbs 7:21 Thus with many swete wordes she ouercame him, and with her flatterynge lyppes she entysed hym
and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.
Proverbs 7:22 sodenlye to folowe her: as it were an oxe led to the slaughter, & lyke as it were a foole that laugheth when he goeth to the stockes, to be punyshed, Proverbs 7:23 so longe tyll she had wounded hys lyuer with her dart: lyke as yf a byrde hasted to the snare, not knowynge that the parell of hys lyfe lyeth ther vpon.
He dehorteth from such wickedness.
Proverbs 7:24 Heare me nowe therfore, O my chyldren, and marcke the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thyne herte wandre in her wayes, and be not thou disceaued in her pathes. Proverbs 7:26 For many one hath she wounded and cast downe, yee many a stronge man hath bene slayne by the meanes of her. Proverbs 7:27 Her houses are the waye vnto hell, and brynge men downe into the chambers of death.