Proverbs 2:18
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New International Version
Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

King James Bible
For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

Darby Bible Translation
-- for her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead;

World English Bible
for her house leads down to death, her paths to the dead.

Young's Literal Translation
For her house hath inclined unto death, And unto Rephaim her paths.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For her house inclineth unto death - It is generally in by and secret places that such women establish themselves. They go out of the high road to get a residence; and every step that is taken towards their house is a step towards death. The path of sin is the path of ruin: the path of duty is the way of safety. For her paths incline unto the dead, רפאים repheim, the inhabitants of the invisible world. The woman who abandons herself to prostitution soon contracts, and generally communicates, that disease, which, above all others, signs the speediest and most effectual passport to the invisible world. Therefore it is said,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 5:4-14 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword...

Proverbs 6:26-35 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life...

Proverbs 7:22-27 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks...

Proverbs 9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters...

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness...

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater...

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light...

The Beginning and End of Wisdom
PROVERBS ii. 2, 3, 5. If thou incline thine ear to wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after wisdom, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. We shall see something curious in the last of these verses, when we compare it with one in the chapter before. The chapter before says, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That if we wish to be wise at all, we must BEGIN by
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God

Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
To Oger, Regular Canon [34] Bernard blames him for his resignation of his pastoral charge, although made from the love of a calm and pious life. None the less, he instructs him how, after becoming a private person, he ought to live in community. To Brother Oger, the Canon, Brother Bernard, monk but sinner, wishes that he may walk worthily of God even to the end, and embraces him with the fullest affection. 1. If I seem to have been too slow in replying to your letter, ascribe it to my not having
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Genesis 49:15
When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.

Proverbs 7:27
Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

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