Proverbs 7:16
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New International Version
I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.

New Living Translation
My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.

English Standard Version
I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen;

New American Standard Bible
"I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.

King James Bible
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I've spread coverings on my bed-- richly colored linen from Egypt.

International Standard Version
I've decorated my bed with new coverings— embroidered linen from Egypt.

NET Bible
I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, with richly colored fabric from Egypt.

New Heart English Bible
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have spread my bed on a carpet and with Egyptian bedspreads I have spread it”;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I've made my bed, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have decked my couch with coverlets, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

New American Standard 1977
“I have spread my couch with coverings,
            With colored linens of Egypt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

King James 2000 Bible
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with colored spreads, with fine linen of Egypt.

American King James Version
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

American Standard Version
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have woven my bed with cords, I have covered it with painted tapestry, brought from Egypt.

Darby Bible Translation
I have decked my bed with tapestry coverlets of variegated linen from Egypt;

English Revised Version
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

World English Bible
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Young's Literal Translation
With ornamental coverings I decked my couch, Carved works -- cotton of Egypt.
Study Bible
Warnings about the Adulteress
15"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. 16"I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt. 17"I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.…
Cross References
Proverbs 7:15
"Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.

Proverbs 31:22
She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Isaiah 19:9
Moreover, the manufacturers of linen made from combed flax And the weavers of white cloth will be utterly dejected.

Ezekiel 27:7
"Your sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt So that it became your distinguishing mark; Your awning was blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah.
Treasury of Scripture

I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

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Songs 1:16 Behold, you are fair, my beloved, yes, pleasant: also our bed is green.

Songs 3:7-10 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; three score valiant men are about …

Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery …

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1 Kings 10:28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the …

Isaiah 19:9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, …

Ezekiel 27:7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which you spread …

(16) Carved works.--Rather, with coloured or striped coverlets. For another notice of the extravagance of the women of Jerusalem, see Isaiah 3, and for a description of the trade of Tyre, the great supplier of foreign luxuries, see Ezek. xxvii Myrrh is said to be a natural product of Arabia, aloes and cinnamon of the east coast of Africa and Ceylon.

Verse 16. - She describes the preparation she has made for his entertainment. Coverings of tapestry; marbaddim, "cushions," "pillows." The expression occurs again in Proverbs 31:22. It is derived from דָבַד "to spread," and means cushions spread out ready for use. The Septuagint has κειρίαις; Vulgate, funibus, "cords." These versions seem to regard the word as denoting a kind of delicate sacking on which the coverlets were laid. Carved works, with fine linen of Egypt; literally, striped, or variegated, coverings, Egyptian linen. The words are in apposition, but the latter point to the material used, which is אֵטוּן, etun (ἅπαξ λεγόμενον), "linen yarn or thread," hence equivalent to "coverlets of Egyptian thread." This was of extreme fineness, costly, and much prized. By "carved works" (Hebrew, חֲטֻבות chatuboth) the Authorized Version must refer to bed poles or bed boards elaborately carved and polished; but the word is better taken of coverlets striped in different colours, which give the idea of richness and luxury. Vulgate, trapetibus pictis ex Aegypto, "embroidered rugs of Egyptian work;" Septuagint, ἀμφιτάποις τοῖς ἀπ Αἰγύπτου, "shaggy cloth of Egypt." The mention of these articles denotes the foreign commerce of the Hebrews, and their appreciation of artistic work (comp. Isaiah 19:9; Ezekiel 27:7). The Prophet Amos (Amos 6:4) denounces those that "lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches." I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry,.... Made use of by the ancients (o) for bed clothes: beautiful ornaments, as Gersom; and precious garments, as Jarchi. She had adorned her bed with curtains and clothes, very delightful to the eye, and inviting; and had well corded it, as some interpret it, with cords of fine linen, and all to allure her lovers; she soon discovered her lustful inclinations, what her heart was upon, and says this, and more, to fire the young man's lust, and cause him to follow her: so the church of Rome adorns her places of worship in the most pompous manner; which are the beds in which she commits adultery, Revelation 2:22; and also her images to strike the minds of people, and draw them into her idolatrous worship;

with carved works; perhaps the bed's head, tester, and posts, were all carved, and cut out of cedar wood and others, as Gersom observes; though some think: this refers to the variety of work in tapestry, which look like incisions and carvings, or the network, and agnet holes made therein: this may be very well applied to the carved work, and carved images, set up in the Romish churches;

with fine linen of Egypt; the sheets, pillows, and bolsters, made thereof, and so soft to lie upon; which was reckoned the best and finest, though not the strongest. Pliny says (p), of the linen of Egypt, that it had less strength and firmness in it (it being so fine); but bore the best price, and was the most gainful and profitable. The word used is not what is elsewhere met with, even when the linen of Egypt is mentioned, and indeed is nowhere else used: the Targum renders it, an Egyptian covering; and so most of the Oriental versions interpret it of bed coverings of tapestry painted, brought out of Egypt. The word is used in the Chaldee language for cords; and may here signify threads of linen twisted together, or linen cords, with which the harlot's bed was corded, and looked beautiful. Pliny (q) says, there were four sorts of linen in Egypt; Tanitic, Pelusiac, Butic, and Tenterytic; so called from the names and provinces where they were cultivated; and perhaps the Etun of Egypt may be the Tanitic: the fine linen, called "byssus", was brought out of India into Egypt; and is said to grow upon a tree as high as the poplar, and its leaves like a willow (r). Egypt is very properly made mention of in this account; it being one of the names of the city of Rome, of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, and equal to both for lust and luxury, Revelation 11:8.

(o) Vid. Homer. Odyss. 4. c. 299. & Odyss. 7. prope finem. (p) Nat. Hist. l. 19. c. 1.((q) Ibid. (r) Philostrat. Vit. Apollen. l. 2. c. 9. 16, 17. my bed—or, "couch," adorned in the costliest manner.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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