Solomon persuadeth to a sincere and kind familiarity with wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 My son! keep my sayings, And my commands lay up with thee. Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commands, and live, And my law as the pupil of thine eye. Proverbs 7:3 Bind them on thy fingers, Write them on the tablet of thy heart. Proverbs 7:4 Say to wisdom, 'My sister Thou [art].' And cry to understanding, 'Kinswoman!' Proverbs 7:5 To preserve thee from a strange woman, From a stranger who hath made smooth her sayings.
In an example of his own experience,
Proverbs 7:6 For, at a window of my house, Through my casement I have looked out, Proverbs 7:7 And I do see among the simple ones, I discern among the sons, A young man lacking understanding, Proverbs 7:8 Passing on in the street, near her corner, And the way [to] her house he doth step, Proverbs 7:9 In the twilightin the evening of day, In the darkness of night and blackness.
he sheweth the cunning of a whore,
Proverbs 7:10 And, lo, a woman to meet him(A harlot's dress, and watchful of heart, Proverbs 7:11 Noisy she [is], and stubborn, In her house her feet rest not. Proverbs 7:12 Now in an out-place, now in broad places, And near every corner she lieth in wait) Proverbs 7:13 And she laid hold on him, and kissed him, She hath hardened her face, and saith to him, Proverbs 7:14 'Sacrifices of peace-offerings [are] by me, To-day I have completed my vows. Proverbs 7:15 Therefore I have come forth to meet thee, To seek earnestly thy face, and I find thee. Proverbs 7:16 [With] ornamental coverings I decked my couch, Carved workscotton of Egypt. Proverbs 7:17 I sprinkled my bedmyrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Proverbs 7:18 Come, we are filled [with] loves till the morning, We delight ourselves in loves. Proverbs 7:19 For the man is not in his house, He hath gone on a long journey. Proverbs 7:20 A bag of money he hath taken in his hand, At the day of the new moon he cometh to his house.' Proverbs 7:21 She turneth him aside with the abundance of her speech, With the flattery of her lips she forceth him.
and the desperate simplicity of a young wanton.
Proverbs 7:22 He is going after her straightway, As an ox unto the slaughter he cometh, And as a fetter unto the chastisement of a fool, Proverbs 7:23 Till an arrow doth split his liver, As a bird hath hastened unto a snare, And hath not known that it [is] for its life.
He dehorteth from such wickedness.
Proverbs 7:24 And now, ye sons, hearken to me, And give attention to sayings of my mouth. Proverbs 7:25 Let not thy heart turn unto her ways, Do not wander in her paths, Proverbs 7:26 For many [are] the wounded she caused to fall, And mighty [are] all her slain ones. Proverbs 7:27 The ways of Sheolher house, Going down unto inner chambers of death!