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Proverbs 7:26-27

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7:26 for she has brought down 1  many fatally wounded,

and all those she has slain are many. 2 

7:27 Her house is the way to the grave, 3 

going down 4  to the chambers 5  of death.

1 tn Heb “she has caused to fall.”

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

3 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.

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

5 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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