Proverbs 7:6-23

Proverbs 7:6‑23  •  6 min. read  •  grade level: 8
6. “For at the window of my house I looked through my casement.” Of which a memorable instance comes now into my mind; for looking one day from my chamber, through the lattices of the window of my palace.
7. “And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young Mind void of understanding,” I observed, among the undisciplined and inexperienced striplings of the city, one that was as childish and void of consideration, as he was youthful and eager in his desires.
8. “Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house.” Who, as if he had a mind to be undone, passed idly through the street, till he came to a corner, where naughty women use to haunt: walking in as stately a manner as he could devise, directly towards one of their houses.
9. “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.” It was in the twilight, while he might see his way and yet hope to be concealed: in the close of the day; which was followed by a night as dark as pitch, and fit for such works of darkness.
10. “And, behold, there met hint a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart.” There, on a sudden, I was surprised with the sight of a woman starting forth; who did not stay till he came up to her, but went to meet him, in a gaudy lascivious dress, apt to allure a weak young man: who thought presently she was in love with him; when her heart, as full of subtlety as his was of folly, is reserved only to herself.
11. “(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house.” This is her character: she is full of talk, and of bold unseemly courtship; unruly and not to be controlled or broke of her will; idle also and always gadding abroad, as if she had no business (but with her foolish lovers) at home.
12. “Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)” Sometime she stands before her door; and, if that will not do, she goes further into the streets and places of greatest concourse: and, more especially, waits at every corner (where she may look into two streets at once) to ensnare such as are apt, like silly birds, to be taken by her.
13. “So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him.” At one of those corners (as I said) she met this young fool; and, contrary to all the rules of modesty, caught him hard about the neck and kissed him: and after these amorous caresses put on still a bolder face, and without any blushing, made this following speech to him.
14. “I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.” I am a happy woman, in many blessings that God hath bestowed upon me, for which I have given Him solemn thanks this very day: and, as religion and custom bind me, I have provided as good a feast as those sacrifices would afford, which I formerly vowed and now have paid; having no want of anything but of some good company at home to rejoice with me.
15. “Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.” Which made me go abroad to try if I could meet with thee (who art the very person whom I came to seek) that I might invite and earnestly beseech thee to be so kind as to bear me company: and, to my great joy, this is added to all my other happiness, that I have found thee speedily and most opportunely.
16. “I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.” There shall no other pleasures be wanting when our feast is done; but from the table we will remove to my bed: which I have richly adorned with everything that may please the eye; and made it as soft also as heart can wish.
17. “I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Where thou shalt be entertained likewise with the sweetest perfumes, that ours or the neighboring countries could furnish me with all; such as myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon: wherewith I have sprinkled my bed, to render it more grateful to all thy senses.
18. “Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.” Why do we waste our time then here in the street? Come along with me, and let us go thither; and there satisfy our desires to the full with love: we will solace ourselves with the sweetest pleasures; which shall not end till the morning light.
19. “For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey.” For there is no fear they should be interrupted or disturbed; the man (whom they call my husband) being from home, and not likely to return in haste: for he is gone to a place a great way off.
20. “He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.” Where he hath much business to dispatch; which will detain him so long, that I am sure it will be full moon (and now the new doth scarce yet appear, v. 9) before he can be at home again.
21. “With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.” In the representing of these, and many other like specious pretenses (of great affection to him, of all sorts of pleasure, of secrecy, and safety in their enjoyments) she showed herself such a mistress of her art, that she bowed the heart of the young man to become her disciple: and, having wrought upon his inclinations, she pursued her advantage with so much cunning; that she rather compelled than attracted him, by her charming voice, and her soft alluring language.
22. “He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks.” For he made not the least objection, but away he went immediately, and followed her like a great calf (as we speak in our language) or a stupid ox; that fancies he is led to the pasture, when he is going to be killed: or like a fool, who takes it for an ornament, when the stocks are brought for his correction, to be clapped upon his legs.
23. “Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” Just so he hastily threw himself into her embraces, and dream of nothing but pleasure; till, like a rash soldier that falls unexpectedly into an ambush, he received a mortal wound by that, which he fancied would be his highest satisfaction; or like a silly bird that greedy of the food which is laid to entice it, never minds the snare that is laid together with it. So he eagerly longing to taste of her feast and the following delights, had not so much as a thought, that this was a design upon his life; and would not end, but in miseries infinitely greater than all his joys.