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  • JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN - PROVERBS 7
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    CHAPTER 7

    Pr 7:1-27. The subject continued, by a delineation of the arts of strange women, as a caution to the unwary.

    1-4. Similar calls (Pr 3:1-3; 4:10, &c.).

    2. apple . . . eye--pupil of eye, a custody (Pr 4:23) of special value.

    3. Bind . . . fingers--as inscriptions on rings.

    5. The design of the teaching (compare Pr 2:16; 6:24).

    6. For--or, "Since," introducing an example to illustrate the warning, which, whether a narrative or a parable, is equally pertinent.
    - window--or, "opening"
    - looked--literally, "watched earnestly" (Jud 5:28).
    - casement--or, "lattice."

    7. simple--as in Pr 1:4.
    - void of, &c.--(Compare Pr 6:32).

    8. her corner--where she was usually found.
    - went . . . house--implying, perhaps, confidence in himself by his manner, as denoted in the word
    - went--literally, "tread pompously."

    9. The time, twilight, ending in darkness.
    - black . . . night--literally, "pupil," or, "eye," that is, middle of night.

    10. attire--that of harlots was sometimes peculiar.
    - subtile--or, "wary," "cunning."

    11, 12. loud--or, "noisy," "bustling."
    - stubborn--not submissive.
    - without . . . streets, . . . corner--(Compare 1Ti 5:13; Tit 2:5).

    13-15. The preparations for a feast do not necessarily imply peculiar religious professions. The offerer retained part of the victim for a feast (Le 3:9, &c.). This feast she professes was prepared for him whom she boldly addresses as one sought specially to partake of it.

    16, 17. my bed--or, "couch," adorned in the costliest manner.

    17. bed--a place for sleeping.

    18-20. There is no fear of discovery.

    20. the day appointed--perhaps, literally, "a full moon," that is, a fortnight's time (compare Pr 7:19).

    21. caused . . . yield--or, "inclines."
    - flattering--(Compare Pr 5:3).
    - forced him--by persuasion overcoming his scruples.

    22. straightway--quickly, either as ignorant of danger, or incapable of resistance.

    23. Till--He is now caught (Pr 6:26).

    24. The inferential admonition is followed (Pr 7:26, 27), by a more general allegation of the evils of this vice.

    26, 27. Even the mightiest fail to resist her deathly allurements.

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