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| Author: Dele Oke

Wages of immorality

Proverbs 7:6-27

At the window of my house
I looked out through the lattice.

7 I saw among the simple,I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.

8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house

9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

12 now in the street, now in the squares,at every corner she lurks.)

13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:

14 ?I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.

15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!

16 I have covered my bed with coloured linens from Egypt.

17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

18 Come, let?s drink deep of love till morning;
let?s enjoy ourselves with love!

19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.

20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.?

21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.

22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose

23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.

25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.

26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.

27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

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