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Proverbs 7:13-15

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7:13 So she grabbed him and kissed him,

and with a bold expression 1  she said to him,

7:14 “I have 2  fresh meat at home; 3 

today I have fulfilled my vows!

7:15 That is why I came out to meet you,

to look for you, 4  and I found you!

Proverbs 7:25-27

Context

7:25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways –

do not wander into her pathways;

7:26 for she has brought down 5  many fatally wounded,

and all those she has slain are many. 6 

7:27 Her house is the way to the grave, 7 

going down 8  to the chambers 9  of death.

1 tn Heb “she makes bold her face.” The Hiphil perfect of עָזַז (’azar, “to be strong”) means she has an impudent face (cf. KJV, NAB, NRSV), a bold or brazen expression (cf. NASB, NIV, NLT).

2 tn Heb “with me.”

3 tn Heb “I have peace offerings.” The peace offerings refer to the meat left over from the votive offering made at the sanctuary (e.g., Lev 7:11-21). Apparently the sacrificial worship meant as little to this woman spiritually as does Christmas to modern hypocrites who follow in her pattern. By expressing that she has peace offerings, she could be saying nothing more than that she has fresh meat for a meal at home, or that she was ceremonially clean, perhaps after her period. At any rate, it is all probably a ruse for winning a customer.

4 tn Heb “to look diligently for your face.”

5 tn Heb “she has caused to fall.”

6 tn Heb “numerous” (so NAB, NASB, NRSV, NLT) or “countless.”

7 tn The noun “Sheol” in parallelism to “the chambers of death” probably means the grave. The noun is a genitive of location, indicating the goal of the road(s). Her house is not the grave; it is, however, the sure way to it.

sn Her house is the way to the grave. The young man’s life is not destroyed in one instant; it is taken from him gradually as he enters into a course of life that will leave him as another victim of the wages of sin. The point of the warning is to prevent such a course from starting. Sin can certainly be forgiven, but the more involvement in this matter the greater the alienation from the healthy community.

8 tn The Qal active participle modifies “ways” to Sheol. The “road,” as it were, descends to the place of death.

9 tn “Chambers” is a hypocatastasis, comparing the place of death or the grave with a bedroom in the house. It plays on the subtlety of the temptation. Cf. NLT “Her bedroom is the den of death.”



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