Warning Against the Adulteress

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words,
And a treasure my commands within you.
2 b Keep my commands and live,
c And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 d Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 e That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.

6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the 1 youths,
A young man f devoid 2 of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9 g In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.

10 And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 h She was loud and rebellious,
i Her feet would not stay at home.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him;
With an 3 impudent face she said to him:
14 "I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of j Egyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For 4 my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money 5 with him,
And will come home 6 on the appointed day."

21 7 With k her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
l With her flattering lips she 8 seduced him.
22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or 9 as a fool to the correction of the 10 stocks,
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
m As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it 11 would cost his life.

24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And n all who were slain by her were strong men.
27 o Her house is the way to 12 hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:1
    My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you.
  2. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:5
    You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.
    Proverbs 4:4
    He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.
    Isaiah 55:3
    Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you - The sure mercies of David.
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:10
    He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
    Psalms 17:8
    Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.
    Zechariah 2:8
    For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:8
    You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
    Proverbs 6:21
    Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
    Proverbs 5:3
    For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:32
    Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
    Proverbs 9:4
    Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him.
    Proverbs 9:16
    Whoever is simple, let him turn in here"; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him.
  7. Cross References
    Job 24:15
    The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, 'No eye will see me'; And he disguises his face.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 9:13
    A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
    1 Timothy 5:13
    And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.
  9. Cross References
    Titus 2:5
    To be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:9
    Moreover those who work in fine flax And those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed.
    Ezekiel 27:7
    Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail; Blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 5:3
    For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 12:2
    They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
  13. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 9:12
    For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.
  14. Cross References
    Nehemiah 13:26
    Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:18
    For her house leads down to death, And her path...
    Proverbs 5:5
    Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold o...
    Proverbs 9:18
    But he does not know that the dead are there, T...
    1 Corinthians 6:9
    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not i...
    1 Corinthians 6:10
    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor r...
    Revelation 22:15
    But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually...
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