Proverbs 7

1My son, remember my words. Don’t forget the commands I give you. 2Obey my commands and you will have life. Make my teaching the most important thing in your life. 3˻Keep my commands and teachings with you always.˼ Tie them around your fingers. Write them on your heart. 4Treat wisdom like a sister. Treat understanding like a part of your family. 5Then they will protect you from the “other women.” They will protect you from their nice words that can lead you into sin. 6One day I was looking out my window 7at some foolish teenagers and noticed one that was especially foolish. 8He walked through the market place toward that bad woman’s corner and walked straight to her house. 9It was almost dark—the sun was setting. The night was beginning. 10The woman came out of the house to meet him. She was dressed like a prostitute. She had plans for the young man. 11She was wild and rebellious. She wasn’t going to stay at home! 12She walked the streets. She went everywhere looking for trouble. 13She grabbed the young man and kissed him. Without any shame she looked him in the eye and said, 14“I had to offer a fellowship sacrifice today. I gave what I promised to give. 15˻Now I have plenty of food.˼ So I came out to invite you to join me. I looked and looked for you. And now I found you! 16I put clean sheets on my bed. They are very beautiful sheets from Egypt. 17I put perfume on my bed. The myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon smell wonderful! 18Come, we can enjoy ourselves all night. We can make love until dawn. 19My husband is gone. He is away on a business trip. 20He took enough money with him for a long trip. He won’t come home for two weeks.” 21The woman used those words to tempt the young man. Her smooth words tricked him. 22And the young man followed her to the trap. He was like a bull being led to the slaughter. He was like a deer walking into a trap, 23with a hunter ready to put an arrow through its heart. The boy was like a bird flying into a net. He didn’t know the danger he was in. 24Now sons, listen to me. Pay attention to the words I say. 25Don’t let your heart lead you toward an evil woman—don’t follow where she wants to lead you. Don’t follow her ways. 26She has caused many men to fall. She has destroyed many men. 27Her house is the place of death. Her path leads straight to death!

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