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Christian Standard Bible

Proverbs 7:7–22

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I saw among the inexperienced,E

I noticed among the youths,

a young man lacking sense.

Crossing the street near her corner,

he strolled down the road to her house

at twilight, in the evening,

in the dark of the night.p

10 A woman came to meet him

dressed like a prostitute,q

having a hidden agenda.F

11 She is loud and defiant;r

her feet do not stay at home.s

12 Now in the street, now in the squares,t

she lurks at every corner.u

13 She grabs him and kisses him;

she brazenly saysG to him,

14 “I’ve made fellowship offerings;

today I’ve fulfilled my vows.v

15 So I came out to meet you,

to search for you, and I’ve found you.

16 I’ve spread coverings on my bedw

richly colored linen from Egypt.x

17 I’ve perfumed my bed

with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.y

18 Come, let’s drink deeply of lovemaking until morning.z

Let’s feast on each other’s love!

19 My husband isn’t home;

he went on a long journey.

20 He took a bag of silver with him

and will come home at the time of the full moon.”

21 She seduces him with her persistent pleading;

she lures with her flatteringH talk.

22 He follows her impulsively

like an ox going to the slaughter,

like a deer bounding toward a trapI

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Or simple, or gullible, or naive

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Or prostitute with a guarded heart

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Lit she makes her face strong and says

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Lit smooth

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Text emended; MT reads like a shackle to the discipline of a fool; Hb obscure