Proverbs

Proverbs 7 ©

1Solomon recommendeth obedience to his precepts, and such a familiarity with wisdom as may prove a guard to chastity. 6In a recital of what had passed under his own eye he sheweth the cunning and impudence of a lewd woman, and the desperate folly of a youth seduced by her: 24he dissuadeth from such dangerous courses.

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MY ason, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

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bKeep my commandments, and live; and my law cas the *apple of thine eye.

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dBind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the *table of thine heart.

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eSay unto wisdom, Thou art fmy sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

f Ca. 4.9.
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That gthey may keep thee from the *strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

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¶For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

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And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among 1the youths, a young man hvoid of understanding,

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Passing through the street near her corner; and he iwent the way to her house,

i ch. 5.8.
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In jthe twilight, 2in the evening, in the black and dark night:

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And, behold, there met him a woman with the kattire of an harlot, and *subtil of heart.

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(lShe is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

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mNow is she *without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

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So nshe caught him, and kissed him, and 3with an impudent face said unto him,

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4I have opeace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

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Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

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I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with pfine linen of Egypt.

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

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Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

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For the *goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

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He hath taken a bag of money 5with him, and will come home at 6the day appointed.

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qWith her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the rflattering of her lips she forced him.

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He goeth after her 7straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the scorrection of the stocks;

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tTill a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

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uHearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

u ch. 1.8; 2.1,2; 3.1; 4.1,20; 5.1; 6.20,21. v.1-4.
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vLet not thine heart *decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

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For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many wstrong men have been slain by her.

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Her xhouse is the way to hell, going down to ythe chambers of death.