For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice,
And I saw among the [a]naive,
And discerned among the [b]youths
A young man lacking [c]sense,
Passing through the street near her corner;
And he [d]takes the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the [e]evening,
In the [f]middle of the night and in the darkness.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
She is boisterous and rebellious,
Her feet do not remain at home;
She is now in the streets, now in the squares,
And lurks by every corner.
So she seizes him and kisses him
[g]And with a brazen face she says to him:
“[h]I was due to offer peace offerings;
Today I have paid my vows.
“Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
“I have spread my couch with coverings,
With colored linens of Egypt.
“I have sprinkled my bed
With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
“For [i]my husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money [j]with him,
At the full moon he will come home.”
- Proverbs 7:7 Lit simple ones
- Proverbs 7:7 Lit sons
- Proverbs 7:7 Lit heart
- Proverbs 7:8 Lit steps
- Proverbs 7:9 Lit evening of the day
- Proverbs 7:9 Lit pupil (of the eye)
- Proverbs 7:13 Lit She makes bold her face and says
- Proverbs 7:14 Lit Sacrifices of peace offerings are with me
- Proverbs 7:19 Lit the man
- Proverbs 7:20 Lit in his hand