Proverbs 2:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,

New Living Translation
Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.

English Standard Version
So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words,

New American Standard Bible
To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;

King James Bible
To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It will rescue you from a forbidden woman, from a stranger with her flattering talk,

International Standard Version
delivering you from the adulteress, from the immoral woman with her seductive words,

NET Bible
to deliver you from the adulteress, from the sexually loose woman who speaks flattering words;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wisdom will deliver you from an estranged woman who subverts by her words

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Wisdom will] also save you from an adulterous woman, from a loose woman with her smooth talk,

Jubilee Bible 2000
to deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger who flatters with her words,

King James 2000 Bible
To deliver you from the immoral woman, even from the seductress who flatters with her words;

American King James Version
To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;

American Standard Version
To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayst be delivered from the strange women, and from the stranger, who softeneth her words:

Darby Bible Translation
To deliver thee from the strange woman, from the stranger who flattereth with her words;

English Revised Version
To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

Webster's Bible Translation
To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger who flattereth with her words;

World English Bible
To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;

Young's Literal Translation
To deliver thee from the strange woman, From the stranger who hath made smooth her sayings,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - To deliver thee from the strange woman. This is the second form of temptation against which wisdom (discretion) is a preservative, and the great and especial dangers arising from it to youth, owing to its seductive allurements, afford the reason why the teacher is so strong in his warnings on this subject. Two terms are employed to designate the source of this evil - "the strange woman" (אִָשה זָרָה, ishshah zara), and "the stranger" (נָכְרִיָה, nok'riyah) - and both undoubtedly, in the passage before us, mean a meretricious person, one who indulges in illicit intercourse. The former term is invariably employed in this sense in the Proverbs (Proverbs 5:2, 20; Proverbs 7:5; Proverbs 22:14; Proverbs 23:33) of the adulteress (זָרִים, zarim), and Jeremiah 2:25. The participle זָר (zar), from the verb זוּר (zur), of which זָרָה (zarah) is the feminine form, is, however, used in a wider sense, as signifying

(1) one of another nation, or one of another family;

(2) or some one different from one's self;

(3) or strange.

Thus:

(1) in Isaiah 1:7 we have "Strangers devour it (your land) in your presence;" but in Exodus 30:33 "the stranger" is one not the high priest.

(2) The "stranger" is another (Proverbs 11:15; Proverbs 14:10; Proverbs 20:16; Proverbs 27:2, 13).

(3) The "strange fire" (אֵשׁ זָרָה, esh zarah) is the unlawful fire as opposed to the holy fire (Leviticus 10:1); the "strange god" (אֵל זָר, el zar) is the foreign god (Psalm 81:9). But the idea of foreign origin implied in the word is more strongly brought out in the next term, נָכְרִיָה (nok'riyah), on which Delitzsch remarks that it scarcely ever divests itself of a strange, foreign origin. This word is used to designate those "strange women" whom Solomon loved in his old age, and who turned his heart aside to worship false gods (1 Kings 11:1-8), "outlandish women," as they are termed in Nehemiah 13:26; it designates "the strange wives" of Ezra 10, and Nehemiah 13:27; and is applied to Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth 2:10). Again, it has to be further observed that the laws of the Mosaic code against prostitution were of a most stringent nature (Leviticus 19:29; Leviticus 21:9; Deuteronomy 23:17), and no doubt served to maintain a higher standard of morality among Israelitish women than that observed among the Midianites, Syrians, and other nations. Strong prohibitions were directed against the intermarriage of Israelites with the women of the surrounding nations; but the example set by Solomon would serve to weaken the force of these prohibitions, and would lead to a large influx of women of a different nationality. The conclusion we arrive at is that the class mentioned in the text, though not Israelitish by birth, were yet so by adoption, as the context clearly indicates (ver. 17) the fact of marriage and the acceptance of certain religious observances. Such women, after a temporary restraint, would eventually set all moral and religious obligations at defiance. and would become the source of temptation to others. The allegorical interpretation given to this passage by the LXX. is to be rejected on the ground that the previous section (vers. 12-15) speaks of perverse men. Which flattereth with her words; literally, who has made smooth her words, the hiph. perfect being used of חָלַק (khalak), "to make smooth," or "flattering." The preterite shows what her habitual practice is, and is used of an action still continuing, and so may be fitly rendered by the present, as in the Authorized Version: "She has acquired the art of enticing by flattering words, and it is her study to employ them;" cf. the Vulgate, quae mollit sermones suos, "who softens her words;" and the Syriac, quae subvertit verba sua, "who subverts her words," i.e. "uses deceit." The expression occurs again in Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 6:24; Proverbs 7:5.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To deliver thee from the strange woman,.... As the Gospel of Christ and its doctrines, or the instructions of wisdom, are a means of delivering persons from the evil man, his company, ways, and works; so from a naughty woman, an adulteress, called a "strange" woman; not because of another nation, or unknown, but because she belongs to another person, and not to him whom she entices into her embraces. Gersom interprets this of the sensitive appetite, and Jarchi of idolatry; as others do also of superstition and all false doctrine, and everything that is contrary to true wisdom; and the whole that is here and afterwards said may well enough be applied to the whore of Rome, from whose fornication, or spiritual adultery, that is, idolatry, will worship, and antichristian doctrines, the Gospel delivers men; see Proverbs 7:5, &c.

even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; that useth smooth and soft words to work upon the passions, move the affections, and win the hearts of men; and ensnare them and draw them to commit wickedness with her; see Proverbs 5:3; and so antichrist, and all false teachers and heretics, with good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple, Romans 16:18.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16-19. Deliverance from another danger.

the strange woman—This term is often used for harlot, or loose woman (Jud 11:1, 2), married (Pr 7:5, 19) or not (1Ki 11:1), so called, because such were, perhaps at first, foreigners, though "strange" may also denote whatever is opposed to right or proper, as "strange fire" (Nu 3:4); "strange incense" (Ex 30:9).

flattereth—literally, "smooths."

her words—(Ps 5:9).

Proverbs 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
15Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways; 16To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words; 17That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God;…
Cross References
Proverbs 5:3
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;

Proverbs 5:20
Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

Proverbs 6:24
keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

Proverbs 7:5
They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

Proverbs 22:14
The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.

Proverbs 23:27
for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Treasury of Scripture

To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;

deliver

Proverbs 5:3-20 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth …

Proverbs 6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue …

Proverbs 7:5-23 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Genesis 39:3-12 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD …

Nehemiah 13:26,27 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many …

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares …

flattereth

Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering …

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

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