7:1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;
7:1 My child, keep my words and store up my commandments with you;

7:2 keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye;
7:2 keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye;

7:3 bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.
7:3 bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.

7:4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend;
7:4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend,

7:5 to preserve you from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words.
7:5 that they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.

7:6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice,
7:6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,

7:7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man without sense,
7:7 and I saw among the simple ones, I observed among the youths, a young man without sense,

7:8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house
7:8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house

7:9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.
7:9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.

7:10 And lo, a woman meets him, dressed as a harlot, wily of heart.
7:10 Then a woman comes toward him, decked out like a prostitute, wily of heart.

7:11 She is loud and wayward, her feet do not stay at home;
7:11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home;

7:12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait.
7:12 now in the street, now in the squares, and at every corner she lies in wait.

7:13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with impudent face she says to him:
7:13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with impudent face she says to him:

7:14 "I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows;
7:14 "I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows;

7:15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
7:15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you!

7:16 I have decked my couch with coverings, colored spreads of Egyptian linen;
7:16 I have decked my couch with coverings, colored spreads of Egyptian linen;

7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love.
7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love.

7:19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;
7:19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.

7:20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home."
7:20 He took a bag of money with him; he will not come home until full moon."

7:21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.
7:21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.

7:22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast
7:22 Right away he follows her, and goes like an ox to the slaughter, or bounds like a stag toward the trap

7:23 till an arrow pierces its entrails; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.
7:23 until an arrow pierces its entrails. He is like a bird rushing into a snare, not knowing that it will cost him his life.

7:24 And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
7:24 And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

7:25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths;
7:25 Do not let your hearts turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths.

7:26 for many a victim has she laid low; yea, all her slain are a mighty host.
7:26 for many are those she has laid low, and numerous are her victims.

7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.