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Proverbs 7 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Wiles of a Harlot
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:1 - My son, keep my words,
And treasure my commands within you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:2 - Keep my commands and live,
And my law 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 call understanding your nearest kin,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:5 - That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.
The Crafty Harlot
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:6 - For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:7 - And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:8 - Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:9 - In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:10 - And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:11 - She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:12 - At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:13 - So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:14 - I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:15 - So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:16 - I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:17 - I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:18 - Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:19 - For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:20 - He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:21 - With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:22 - Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:23 - Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:24 - Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:25 - Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:26 - For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:27 - Her house is the way to hell,[fn]
Descending to the chambers of death.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint, Syriac, and Targum read as a dog to bonds; Vulgate reads as a lamb . . . to bonds.
Or Sheol

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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