The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 6:20–7:5

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20  My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

20  My son, preserve the precepts of your father, and do not dismiss the law of your mother.

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21  Bind them continually upon thy heart, tie them about thy neck.

21  but bind them upon thy soul continually, and hang them as a chain about thy neck.

21  Impress them firmly on your heart and tie them about your neck.

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22  When thou walkest, it shall lead thee, when thou liest down, it shall watch over thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

22  Whensoever thou walkest, lead this along and let it be with thee; that it may talk with thee when thou wakest.

22  When you walk, let them keep step with you. When you sleep, let them guard you. And when you keep watch, speak with them.

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23  For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life;

23  For commandment is a lamp, and law is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.

24  To keep thee from the evil woman, from the smoothness of the alien tongue.

24  So may they guard you from an evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the outsider.

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25  Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither let her captivate thee with her eyelids.

25  Let not the desire of beauty overcome thee, neither be thou caught by thine eyes, neither be captivated with her eyelids.

25  Let not your heart desire her beauty; do not be captivated by her winks.

26  For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a loaf of bread, but the adulteress hunteth for the precious life.

26  For the value of a harlot is as much as of one loaf; and a woman hunts for the precious souls of men.

26  For the price of a prostitute is only one loaf. Yet the woman seizes the precious soul of a man.

27  Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

27  Shall any one bind fire in his bosom, and not burn his garments?

27  Would a man be able to conceal fire in his bosom, so that his garments would not burn?

28  Or can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

28  or will any one walk on coals of fire, and not burn his feet?

28  Or could he walk over burning coals, so that his feet would not be burned?

29  So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not go unpunished.

29  So is he that goes in to a married woman; he shall not be held guiltless, neither any one that touches her.

29  So also, he who enters to the wife of his neighbor shall not be clean when he touches her.

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30  Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

30  It is not to be wondered at if one should be taken stealing, for he steals that when hungry he may satisfy his soul

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31  But if he be found, he must restore sevenfold, he must give all the substance of his house.

31  but if he should be taken, he shall repay sevenfold, and shall deliver himself by giving all his goods.

31  Also, if he is apprehended, he shall repay sevenfold and hand over all the substance of his house.

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32  He that committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding; he doeth it that would destroy his own soul.

32  But the adulterer through want of sense procures destruction to his soul.

32  But whoever is an adulterer, because of the emptiness of his heart, will destroy his own soul.

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33  Wounds and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

33  And he who does it brings dishonor upon himself; and his reproach shall not be wiped out.

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34  For jealousy is the rage of a man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

34  For the soul of her husband is full of jealousy: he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

34  For the jealousy and fury of the husband will not spare him on the day of vindication,

35  He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

35  He will not forego his enmity for any ransom: neither will he be reconciled for many gifts.

35  nor will he agree to the pleadings of anyone, nor will he accept, as repayment, a multitude of gifts.

7:1  My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

My son, keep my words, and hide with thee my commandments. My son, honour the Lord, and thou shalt be strong; and fear none but him

My son, guard my words and conceal my precepts within you.

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7:2  Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of thine eye.

Son, preserve my commandments, and you shall live. And keep my law as the pupil of your eye.

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7:3  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thy heart.

And bind them on thy fingers, and write them on the table of thine heart.

Bind it with your fingers; write it on the tablets of your heart.

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7:4  Say unto wisdom: 'Thou art my sister', and call understanding thy kinswoman;

Say that wisdom is thy sister, and gain prudence as an acquaintance for thyself;

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call prudence your friend.

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7:5  That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words.

So may she guard you from the woman who is an outsider, and from the stranger who sweetens her words.