The Wiles of the Harlot
1 My son, keep R258 my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
2 Keep R259 my commandments and live,
And my teaching F70 as R260 the apple F71 of your eye.
3 Bind R261 them on your fingers;
Write R262 them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
And call understanding your intimate friend;
5 That they may keep you from an adulteress, F72
From the foreigner who flatters F73 with her words.
6 For at R263 the window of my house
I looked out through R264 my lattice,
7 And I saw among the naive, R265 F74
And discerned among the youths F75
A young man lacking R266 sense, F76
8 Passing through the street near her R267 corner;
And he takes F77 the way to her R268 house,
9 In the twilight, R269 in the evening, F78
In the middle F79 of the night and in the darkness.
10 And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
Dressed R270 as a harlot and cunning of heart.
11 She is boisterous R271 and rebellious,
Her feet R272 do not remain at home;
12 She is now in the streets, now in R273 the squares,
And lurks R274 by every corner.
13 So she seizes him and kisses him
And F80 with a brazen R275 face she says to him:
14 "I F81 was due to offer peace R276 offerings;
Today I have paid R277 my vows.
15 "Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
16 "I have spread my couch with coverings, R278
With colored linens R279 of Egypt.
17 "I have sprinkled my bed
With myrrh, R280 aloes and cinnamon. R281
18 "Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
19 "For my F82 husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag R282 of money with F83 him,
At the full moon he will come home."
21 With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her flattering R283 F84 lips she seduces him.
22 Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as one F85 in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a bird R284 hastens to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 Now therefore, my sons, listen R285 to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your heart turn R286 aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths.
26 For many are the victims F86 she has cast down,
And numerous R287 are all her slain.
27 Her house R288 is the way to Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.
F70: Or law
F71: Lit pupil
F72: Lit strange woman
F73: Lit is smooth
F74: Lit simple ones
F75: Lit sons
F76: Lit heart
F77: Lit steps
F78: Lit evening of the day
F79: Lit pupil (of the eye)
F80: Lit She makes bold her face and says
F81: Lit Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me
F82: Lit the man
F83: Lit in his hand
F84: Lit smooth
F85: Or as a stag goes into a trap; so some ancient versions
F86: Lit mortally wounded
R258: Proverbs 2:1; 6:20
R259: Proverbs 4:4
R260: Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalms 17:8; Zechariah 2:8
R261: Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18; Proverbs 6:21
R262: Proverbs 3:3
R263: Judges 5:28
R264: Song of Solomon 2:9
R265: Proverbs 1:22
R266: Proverbs 6:32; 9:4
R267: Proverbs 7:12
R268: Proverbs 7:27
R269: Job 1:24:15
R270: Genesis 38:14,15; 1 Timothy 2:9
R271: Proverbs 9:13
R272: 1 Timothy 5:13; Titus 2:5
R273: Proverbs 9:14
R274: Proverbs 23:28
R275: Proverbs 21:29
R276: Leviticus 7:11
R277: Leviticus 7:16
R278: Proverbs 31:22
R279: Isaiah 19:9; Ezekiel 27:7
R280: Psalms 45:8
R281: Exodus 30:23
R282: Genesis 42:35
R283: Proverbs 5:3; 6:24
R284: Ecclesiastes 9:12
R285: Proverbs 5:7
R286: Proverbs 5:8
R287: Proverbs 9:18
R288: Proverbs 2:18; 5:5; 9:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10; Revelation 22:15