VII An exhortation to cleave to wisdom, as a preservative from strange women, ver. 1-5. The snares they lay for unwary young men, ver. 6-23. A serious caution against coming near them, ver. 24-37.
Verse 2. Live - Thou shalt live. Eye - With all possible care and diligence.
Verse 3. Bind them - As a ring which is continually in a man's eye.
Verse 4. And call - Acquaint and delight thyself with her.
Verse 8. Passing - Idle and careless, near the corner of the street in which her house stood.
Verse 12. Without - Without the door of her house. Corner - Of the streets, where she might either conceal or discover herself, as she saw fit.
Verse 14. Offerings - I have paid my peace-offerings which I had vowed. Whereby she signifies, that she had plentiful provisions at her house for his entertainment. For the peace-offerings were to be of the best flesh, Lev. xxii, 21, and a considerable part of these offerings fell to the offerer's share.
Verse 20. Hath taken - Which is an evidence that he designs to stay a considerable time. At the day - So that we need not fear any surprise.
Verse 22. As an ox - Going to it securely, as if it were going to a good pasture.
Verse 23. His liver - His vital parts, 'till his life be lost.