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Proverbs 6:20-7:27 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Warning against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s command,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.
21 Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
23 For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,
and corrective discipline is the way to life.
24 They will protect you from an evil woman,[a]
from the flattering[b] tongue of a wayward woman.
25 Don’t lust in your heart for her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyelashes.
26 For a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread,[c]
but the wife of another man[d] goes after a precious life.
27 Can a man embrace fire
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can a man walk on burning coals
without scorching his feet?
29 So it is with the one who sleeps with
another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People don’t despise the thief if he steals
to satisfy himself when he is hungry.
31 Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much;
he must give up all the wealth in his house.
32 The one who commits adultery[e] lacks sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
33 He will get a beating[f] and dishonor,
and his disgrace will never be removed.
34 For jealousy enrages a husband,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not be appeased by anything
or be persuaded by lavish bribes.

My son, obey my words,
and treasure my commands.
Keep my commands and live,
and guard my instructions
as you would the pupil of your eye.
Tie them to your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call understanding your relative.
She will keep you from a forbidden woman,
a wayward woman with her flattering talk.

A Story of Seduction

At the window of my house
I looked through my lattice.
I saw among the inexperienced,[g]
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.
10 A woman came to meet him
dressed like a prostitute,
having a hidden agenda.[h]
11 She is loud and defiant;
her feet do not stay at home.
12 Now in the street, now in the squares,
she lurks at every corner.
13 She grabs him and kisses him;
she brazenly says[i] to him,
14 “I’ve made fellowship offerings;
today I’ve fulfilled my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
to search for you, and I’ve found you.
16 I’ve spread coverings on my bed
richly colored linen from Egypt.
17 I’ve perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of lovemaking until morning.
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[j] talk.
22 He follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap[k]
23 until an arrow pierces its[l] liver,
like a bird darting into a snare
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.
26 For she has brought many down to death;
her victims are countless.[m]
27 Her house is the road to Sheol,
descending to the chambers of death.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:24 LXX reads from a married woman
  2. 6:24 Lit smooth
  3. 6:26 Or On account of a prostitute, one is left with only a loaf of bread
  4. 6:26 Lit but a wife of a man
  5. 6:32 Lit commits adultery with a woman
  6. 6:33 Or plague
  7. 7:7 Or simple, or gullible, or naive
  8. 7:10 Or prostitute with a guarded heart
  9. 7:13 Lit she makes her face strong and says
  10. 7:21 Lit smooth
  11. 7:22 Text emended; MT reads like a shackle to the discipline of a fool; Hb obscure
  12. 7:23 Or his
  13. 7:26 Orand powerful men are all her victims
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