With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her [a]flattering lips she seduces him.
Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as [b]one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a bird hastens to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths.
For many are the [c]victims she has cast down,
And numerous are all her slain.
Her house is the way to Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.
- Proverbs 7:21 Lit smooth
- Proverbs 7:22 Or as a stag goes into a trap; so some ancient versions
- Proverbs 7:26 Lit mortally wounded