7 My son, keep my words, And atreasure my commands within you.
2 bKeep my commands and live,
cAnd my law as the apple of your eye.
3 dBind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 eThat they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.
6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
I perceived among the 1youths,
And he took the path to her house
9 gIn the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 hShe was loud and rebellious,
iHer feet would not stay at home.
Lurking at every corner.
With an 3impudent face she said to him:
Today I have paid my vows.
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
Colored coverings of jEgyptian linen.
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For 4my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money 5with him,
And will come home 6on the appointed day.”
mAs a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it 2would cost his life.
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
Do not stray into her paths;
And nall who were slain by her were strong men.
Descending to the chambers of death.
Lit. the man
Lit. in his hand
at the full moon
By the greatness of her words
LXX, Syr., Tg. as a dog to bonds; Vg. as a lamb … to bonds
Lit. is for