Amplified Bible

Proverbs 7

The Wiles of the Prostitute

1My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you].

Keep my commandments and live,
And keep my teaching and law as the apple of your eye.

Bind them [securely] on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to [skillful and godly] wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And regard understanding and intelligent insight as your intimate friends;

That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the foreigner [who does not observe God’s laws and] who flatters with her [smooth] words.


For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice.

And among the naive [the inexperienced and gullible],
I saw among the youths
A young man lacking [good] sense,

Passing through the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house

In the twilight, in the evening;
In the black and dark night.
10 
And there a woman met him,
Dressed as a prostitute and sly and cunning of heart.
11 
She was boisterous and rebellious;
[a]She would not stay at home.
12 
At times she was in the streets, at times in the market places,
Lurking and setting her ambush at every corner.
13 
So she caught him and kissed him
And with a brazen and impudent face she said to him:
14 
“I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 
“So I came out to meet you [that you might share with me the feast of my offering],
Diligently I sought your face and I have found you.
16 
“I have spread my couch with coverings and cushions of tapestry,
With colored fine linen of Egypt.
17 
“I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 
“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us console and delight ourselves with love.
19 
“For my husband is not at home.
He has gone on a long journey;
20 
He has taken a bag of money with him,
And he will come home on the appointed day.”
21 
With her many persuasions she caused him to yield;
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
22 
Suddenly he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter [not knowing the outcome],
Or as one in stocks going to the correction [to be given] to a fool,
23 
Until an arrow pierced his liver [with a mortal wound];
Like a bird fluttering straight into the net,
He did not know that it would cost him his life.

24 
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her [evil, immoral] paths.
26 
For she has cast down many [mortally] wounded;
Indeed, all who were killed by her were strong.
27 
Her house is the way to [b]Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 7:11 Lit Her feet do not.
  2. Proverbs 7:27 Hades, the nether world, the place of the dead.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 7

悪い女に近づかないようにしなさい

1わが子よ。私の忠告を聞きなさい。
この忠告をいつも心に留めて、
忘れないようにしなさい。
それが生きる秘訣です。
私のことばを宝物のように大事にしなさい。
肝に銘じ、心に刻みつけなさい。
知恵を恋人のように愛し、
家族のように親しくしなさい。
そうすれば、悪い女の家に通うことも、
甘いことばに耳を貸すこともなくなります。
ある日、窓の外を眺めると、
意志の弱そうな者の中に、
思慮に欠けた一人の若者が通りを歩いていました。
8-9 もうまもなく日も暮れようという時です。
若者は悪い女を訪ねました。
10 女はなまめかしい身なりで、
媚を売りながら若者に近づきます。
11-12 よく通りや市場で見かける、
下品でがさつな女です。
そうやって、あちこちの町角で男を誘惑するのです。
13 女はその若者を抱きしめて口づけし、
何食わぬ顔で言いました。
14-15 「私の家にいらっしゃい。
おいしいごちそうを作りましょう。
16-17 寝床には最高のエジプト麻の
すてきなシーツを敷いて、
没薬やアロエやシナモンの香りがしみ込ませてあるの。
18 さあ、朝までうんと楽しみましょう。
19 夫は長い旅に出ています。
20 お金をたくさん持って行ったので、
数日は帰らないでしょう。」
21 女が巧みにくどくので、
若者はとうとう甘いことばに負けてしまいました。
22 彼は屠り場に引かれて行く牛のように、
罠にかかった鹿のように女のあとについて行き、
23 心臓を射抜かれるのを待つだけです。
まるで罠に飛び込む鳥のように、
どんな運命が待ち受けているか知らないのです。

24 子どもたちよ。私の言うことを聞き、
そのとおりにしなさい。
25 どうにもならなくなる前に欲望を抑えなさい。
女のことなど考えないようにして、
言い寄るすきを与えないように、
彼女のいそうな所は避けて通りなさい。
26 大ぜいの者が彼女のために一生を棒にふりました。
犠牲者は数えきれないほどです。
27 それでも、あえて地獄への道を知りたい人は、
彼女の家を探しなさい。