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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 7

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1My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands. 2Keep my commands and live, my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. h Dt 6, 8 . 4Say to Wisdom, “You are my sister!” call Understanding, “Friend!;” 5That they may keep you from another's wife, from the adulteress with her smooth words. i Prv 2, 16; 6, 24 .

6For at the window of my house, through my lattice I looked out— 7And I saw among the simple ones, I observed among the young men, a youth with no sense, 8Going along the street near the corner, then walking in the direction of her house— 9In the twilight, at dusk of day, at the time of the dark of night. 10And lo! the woman comes to meet him, robed like a harlot, with secret designs— 11She is fickle and unruly, in her home her feet cannot rest; 12Now she is in the streets, now in the open squares, and at every corner she lurks in ambush—

13When she seizes him, she kisses him, and with an impudent look says to him: 14I owed peace offerings, and today I have fulfilled my vows;* 15So I came out to meet you, to look for you, and I have found you! 16With coverlets I have spread my couch, with brocaded cloths of Egyptian linen; 17I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, with aloes, and with cinnamon. 18Come, let us drink our fill of love, until morning, let us feast on love! 19For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a long journey; 20A bag of money he took with him, not till the full moon will he return home.”

21She wins him over by her repeated urging, with her smooth lips she leads him astray; j Prv 5, 3; 6, 24 . 22He follows her stupidly, like an ox that is led to slaughter; Like a stag that minces toward the net, 23till an arrow pierces its liver; Like a bird that rushes into a snare, unaware that its life is at stake.

24So now, O children, listen to me, be attentive to the words of my mouth! 25Let not your heart turn to her ways, go not astray in her paths; 26For many are those she has struck down dead, numerous, those she has slain. 27Her house is made up of ways to the nether world, leading down into the chambers of death. k Prv 2, 18f; 5, 5 .

Notes:

h: Dt 6, 8 .

i: Prv 2, 16; 6, 24 .

j: Prv 5, 3; 6, 24 .

k: Prv 2, 18f; 5, 5 .

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