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My son, obey my words,

and treasure my commands.i

Keep my commands and live,j

and guard my instructions

as you would the pupil of your eye.k

Tie them to your fingers;

write them on the tablet of your heart.l

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”m

and call understanding your relative.

She will keep you from a forbidden woman,

a wayward woman with her flattering talk.n


At the window of my house

I looked through my lattice.o

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 flattering talk.

2He follows her impulsively

like an ox going to the slaughter,

like a deer bounding toward a trapI

23 until an arrow pierces itsJ liver,aa

like a bird darting into a snareab

he doesn’t know it will cost him his life.

24 Now, sons, listen to me,

and pay attention to the words from my mouth.

25 Don’t let your heart turn aside to her ways;

don’t stray onto her paths.ac

26 For she has brought many down to death;

her victims are countless.K

27 Her house is the road to Sheol,

descending to the chambers of death.a


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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