The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 9:13–18

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13  The woman Folly is riotous; she is thoughtless, and knoweth nothing.

13  A foolish and bold woman, who knows not modesty, comes to want a morsel.

13  He who denies things falsely feeds on winds and pursues fowl of the air; for he has forsaken the way to his vineyard and the paths of his labor, to journey in the wilderness without water; in the places that are trodden he travels thirsty and gains nothing.

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14  And she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

14  She sits at the doors of her house, on a seat openly in the streets,

14  A foolish woman is enticing; she does not know what shame is; she sits at the door of her home on a high seat,

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15  To call to them that pass by, who go right on their ways

15  calling to passers by, and to those that are going right on their ways;

15  so as to call to those who were passing by the way and continuing on their journey

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16  'Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; and as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him

16  saying, Whoso is most senseless of you, let him turn aside to me; and I exhort those that want prudence, saying,

16  “Whoever is little, let him turn aside to me.” And to the frenzied, she said,

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17  'Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.'

17  Take and enjoy secret bread, and the sweet water of theft.

17  “Stolen waters are more soothing, and secret bread is more pleasant.”

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18  But he knoweth not that the shades are there; that her guests are in the depths of the nether-world.

18  But he knows that mighty men die by her, and he falls in with a snare of hell. But hasten away, delay not in the place, neither fix thine eye upon her: for thus shalt thou go through strange water; but do thou abstain from strange water, and drink not of a strange fountain, that thou mayest live long, and years of life may be added to thee.

18  And he did not know that giants are there, and that her companions are in the depths of Hell.