Provérbios 7

1 My son, keep my words ¶ and store up my commands within you.

2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and to insight, "You are my relative."

5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

6 At the window of my house ¶ I looked down through the lattice.

7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, ¶ a youth who had no sense.

8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house

9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him, ¶ dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

11 (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)

13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:

14 "Today I fulfilled my vows, ¶ and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.

15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!

16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.

17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

18 Come, let's drink deeply of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!

19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.

20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon."

21 With persuasive words she led him astray; ¶ she seduced him with her smooth talk.

22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, ¶ like a deer [^1] stepping into a noose [^2]

23 till an arrow pierces his liver, ¶ like a bird darting into a snare, ¶ little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; ¶ pay attention to what I say.

25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.

26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.

27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

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