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Proverbs 7

Invitations to learn wisdom. (1-5) The arts of seducers, with warnings against them. (6-27)

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Invitations to learn wisdom

1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

The arts of seducers, with warnings against them

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

7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

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

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

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

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

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

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

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

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

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

25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

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

27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Words. As dangerous temptations always threaten, the same instructions are frequently inculcated. W.

Ver. 5. Thine. But another’s. v. 19. Give thy heart to wisdom, that it may be guarded against impure love.

Ver. 6. Lattice. No glass was used, on account of the great heat. C.

Ver. 7. Ones. Not in age, but prudence. M.

Ver. 10. Attire. Covered with a veil, (Gen. xxxviii. 15.) though different from that of honest women. C. — The wanton are commonly the most gaudy; nullarum fere pretiosior cultus est quam quarum pudor vilis est. S. Cyp. de Habitu. — Prepared, &c. Heb. “guarded,” (C.) or “subtle of heart.” Prot. “who makes the hearts of youths take flight.” Sept. Cant. vi. 4. H.

Ver. 11. Not…quiet. Is not in Heb. C. — “She is loud and stubborn, her feet abide not in her house.” Prot. H. — Chaste women are guarded in their speech, and keep at home. M.

Ver. 14. Prosperity. Or thy welfare, (Corn. a Lap. T.) so great is my love for thee. M. — Vows. And therefore I have a feast prepared. People might carry home the greatest part of the victim to eat, if they were clean. Lev. vii. 29. C.

Ver. 16. Cords. For greater ease, instead of boards, (M.) or the curtains are hung with precious cords from Egypt. C.

Ver. 17. Aloes. Of Syria, (Jo. xix. 39.) different from ours. Num. xxxiv. 6. C.

Ver. 18. Inebriated. Prot. “take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.” H. — This passion is a sort of intoxication. M.

Ver. 19. My. Lit. “the man.” H. — She speaks thus out of contempt. C.

Ver. 20. The day. Sept. “after many days.” Heb. “at the day concealed,” or when the people will dwell under tents, (Chal. C.) or “at the new moon,” when it does not appear. Piscat. — He will not return for a long time, so that we need apprehend no danger from him. M.

Ver. 22. Lamb. Prot. “fool to the correction of the stocks,” (H.) or “like a shackle (√°bs.) for the chastisement of a fool.” Mont. — Interpreters have read different words. C. — Sinners who have given way to temptations, are as inconsiderate as oxen, or birds which hasten to their own ruin. W.

Ver. 26. Her. Solomon gave a melancholy proof of this, as well as David, and Amnon. C.

Ver. 27. Death. There can be no precaution too great. c. ii. 18. C.