Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 My sonne, kepe my wordes, and lay vp my commaundements by the. Proverbs 7:2 Kepe my commaundementes and my lawe, euen as the apple of thyne eie, and thou shalt liue. Proverbs 7:3 Bind them vpon thy fingers, and wryte them in the table of thyne herte. Proverbs 7:4 Saye vnto wysdome: thou art my sister, and cal vnderstandyng thy kynswoman: Proverbs 7:5 that she may kepe þe from the starnge woman, and from the harlot which geueth swete wordes,
In an example of his own experience,
Proverbs 7:6 For out of þe window of my house I loked thorow the trealesse, Proverbs 7:7 & beheld the simple people: and among other yong folkes I spyed one yonge fole Proverbs 7:8 going ouer the stretes, by the corner in the way toward the harlots house Proverbs 7:9 in the twylight of þe euening, when it beganne now to be nyght and darke.
he sheweth the cunning of a whore,
Proverbs 7:10 And beholde, ther met him a woman in an harlots apparel, Proverbs 7:11 a dysceatful, wanton & vnstedfast woman: whose fet could not abide in þe house, Proverbs 7:12 now is she without, now in þe stretes, lurketh in euery corner, Proverbs 7:13 she caught the yonge man, kyssed hym, & was not ashamed, sayinge: Proverbs 7:14 I had a vowe to paye, & thys daye I perfourme it. Proverbs 7:15 Therfore came I forth to mete the, that I mighte seke thy face, and so I haue founde the. Proverbs 7:16 I haue deckte my bed with couerynges & clothes of Egypte. Proverbs 7:17 My bed haue I made to smell of myrre, Aloes, and Cynamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come let vs lye together, and take our pleasure tyll it be daye lyghte. 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 money with hym: who can tell when he commeth home? Proverbs 7:21 Thus with many swete woordes she ouercome hym, and with her flatteryng lippes she wanne hym.
and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.
Proverbs 7:22 Immediatly he folowed her, as it were an oxe led to the slaughter (& lyke as it were to the stockes, where foles are punyshed) Proverbs 7:23 so longe tyll she had wounded hys lyuer with her dart: like as if a byrde hasted to the snare not knowyng that the parell of his lyfe lieth therupon.
He dehorteth from such wickedness.
Proverbs 7:24 Heare me now therfore (O my sonne) and marke the wordes of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thyne herte wandre in her wayes, & be not thou disceyued in her pathes. Proverbs 7:26 For many one hath she wounded and cast doune yea, many a stronge man hath she slayne. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the waye vnto hell, where men go doune into the chambers of death.