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Proverbs 7 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Another Warning about Immoral Women
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:1 - Follow my advice, my son;
always treasure my commands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:2 - Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:3 - Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:4 - Love wisdom like a sister;
make insight a beloved member of your family.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:5 - Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,
from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:6 - While I was at the window of my house,
looking through the curtain,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:7 - I saw some naive young men,
and one in particular who lacked common sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:8 - He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman,
strolling down the path by her house.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:9 - It was at twilight, in the evening,
as deep darkness fell.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:10 - The woman approached him,
seductively dressed and sly of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:11 - She was the brash, rebellious type,
never content to stay at home.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:12 - She is often in the streets and markets,
soliciting at every corner.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:13 - She threw her arms around him and kissed him,
and with a brazen look she said,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:14 - “I’ve just made my peace offerings
and fulfilled my vows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:15 - You’re the one I was looking for!
I came out to find you, and here you are!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:16 - My bed is spread with beautiful blankets,
with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:17 - I’ve perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:18 - Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning.
Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:19 - for my husband is not home.
He’s away on a long trip.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:20 - He has taken a wallet full of money with him
and won’t return until later this month.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:21 - So she seduced him with her pretty speech
and enticed him with her flattery.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:22 - He followed her at once,
like an ox going to the slaughter.
He was like a stag caught in a trap,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:23 - awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart.
He was like a bird flying into a snare,
little knowing it would cost him his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:24 - So listen to me, my sons,
and pay attention to my words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:25 - Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her.
Don’t wander down her wayward path.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:26 - For she has been the ruin of many;
many men have been her victims.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 7:27 - Her house is the road to the grave.[fn]
Her bedroom is the den of death.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew as the pupil of your eye.
Hebrew until the moon is full.
Hebrew to Sheol.

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