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Proverbs 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:1 - My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:2 - Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:3 - Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:4 - Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:5 - They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:6 - At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:7 - I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:8 - He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:9 - at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:10 - Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:11 - (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:12 - now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:13 - She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:14 - “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:15 - So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:16 - I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:17 - I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:18 - Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:19 - My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:20 - He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:21 - With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:22 - All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer[fn] stepping into a noose[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:23 - till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:24 - Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:25 - Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:26 - Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:27 - Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
NIV Footnotes
Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

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