Proverbs 7:24-27

Proverbs 7:24‑27  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 12
24. “Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.” This is a true representation, my dear children (whom I love unfeignedly, not deceitfully like those harlots) of the folly and danger of these lewd courses, in which youth is prone to be engaged: and therefore do not look upon it as an idle speculation; but give diligent heed unto it, and be ruled by my advice.
25. “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.” Let not one of you so much as entertain a thought of going to such a woman; much less of consenting to her enticements: or if any of you have been so unhappy as to be engaged in her company, let him think it is too much that he hath adventured to turn aside out of the right way, and not wander till he hath utterly lost himself in those strange paths, and cannot find his way back again.
26. “For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.” Do not presume of being safe in such courses, and of making a good retreat at last: for many have been the examples of no mean persons, who have fain in their reputation, their estates, their health, their comforts of life, and in truth have utterly perished by her: innumerable are the mighty men, both for valor and for wisdom whom she hath brought to ruin.
27. “Her house is the way to hell, going clown to the chambers of death.” In short, to follow her unto her house, as this young man did, is the direct way to hell: every step that is taken to her bed (unto which she invited him to ascend) is in truth a going down to the dismal’ chambers of death, and to the most horrid miseries.