Proverbs 7:12
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New International Version
now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)

New Living Translation
She is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner.

English Standard Version
now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait.

New American Standard Bible
She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.

King James Bible
Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now in the street, now in the squares, she lurks at every corner.

International Standard Version
Now she is in the street, now in the plazas, she lurks near every corner.

NET Bible
at one time outside, at another in the wide plazas, and by every corner she lies in wait.)

New Heart English Bible
Now she is in the streets, now in the squares, and lurking at every corner.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But she wanders outside from time to time in the streets, and she lies in wait on the corners.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One moment she is out on the street, the next she is at the curb, on the prowl at every corner.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lieth in wait at every corner.

New American Standard 1977
She is now in the streets, now in the squares,
            And lurks by every corner.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now without, now in the streets, she lies in wait at every corner.)

King James 2000 Bible
Now is she outside, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)

American King James Version
Now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)

American Standard Version
Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lieth in wait at every corner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the corners.

Darby Bible Translation
now without, now in the broadways, -- and she lieth in wait at every corner.

English Revised Version
Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, and lieth in wait at every corner.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

World English Bible
Now she is in the streets, now in the squares, and lurking at every corner.

Young's Literal Translation
Now in an out-place, now in broad places, And near every corner she lieth in wait) --
Study Bible
Warnings about the Adulteress
11She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; 12She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. 13So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:…
Cross References
Proverbs 7:8
Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,

Proverbs 9:14
She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,

Proverbs 23:28
Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.
Treasury of Scripture

Now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)

Proverbs 9:14 For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

Proverbs 23:28 She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.

Jeremiah 2:20,33,36 For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bands; and …

Jeremiah 3:2 Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not …

Ezekiel 16:24,25,31 That you have also built to you an eminent place, and have made you …

Revelation 18:3,23 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, …

Verse 12. - Now is she without, now in the streets. At one moment outside her own door, at another in the open street. Septuagint: "At one time she roams without (ἔξω ῤέμβεται)." The woman is represented not as a common prostitute, but as a licentious wife, who, in her unbridled lustfulness, acts the part of a harlot. Lieth in wait at every corner; seeking to entice some victim. Then the narrative proceeds; the writer returns to what he beheld on the occasion to which he refers. Now is she without,.... The word for whore is sometimes rendered in the Targum (i) one that goes abroad, or without her house; sitting or standing at the door of it, in an idle posture, and in order to invite her lovers in; and if she can get none this way, or quickly, grows impatient: she is

now in the streets; takes her walks abroad in the streets of the city, to see who she can light of, to pick up and bring home;

and lieth in wait at every corner; of the street, where more ways meet, sometimes at one corner, and sometimes at another, that she may take all that comes; sometimes she is "without" in the fields, and in the country, to see what she can meet with there; and sometimes in the "streets" of the city, and in the populous places of it, in the markets, and courts, and in every private corner, trying all ways to gain lovers, and satisfy her lust (k): all which may represent the diligence and industry, art and cunning, of the Romish emissaries to gain proselytes to their idolatrous worship, who everywhere lie in wait to deceive.

(i) Targ. Onk. in Genesis 34.31. (k) "Mille modi veneris", Ovid de Arte Amandi, l. 3. prope finem. 7:6-27 Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthful lusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructive kind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead to impurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively and plain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is he as the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when he has just seen another fall headlong from the same place. The misery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God's blessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.
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