Proverbs 7:22
New International Version
All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose

New Living Translation
He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap,

English Standard Version
All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast

Berean Study Bible
He follows her on impulse, like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding into a trap,

New American Standard Bible
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

King James Bible
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Christian Standard Bible
He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward a trap

Contemporary English Version
At once he followed her like an ox on the way to be slaughtered, or like a fool on the way to be punished

Good News Translation
Suddenly he was going with her like an ox on the way to be slaughtered, like a deer prancing into a trap

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward a trap

International Standard Version
All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap

NET Bible
Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter, like a stag prancing into a trapper's snare

New Heart English Bible
He followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool to the correction of the stocks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he went after her like a child, and like a bull that goes with a butcher, and like a dog to captivity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He immediately follows her like a steer on its way to be slaughtered, like a ram hobbling into captivity

JPS Tanakh 1917
He goeth after her straightway, As an ox that goeth to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool;

New American Standard 1977
Suddenly he follows her, As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

Jubilee Bible 2000
He went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,

King James 2000 Bible
He goes after her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

American King James Version
He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

American Standard Version
He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he followed her, being gently led on, and that as an ox is led to the slaughter, and as a dog to bonds, or as a hart shot in the liver with an arrow:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Immediately he followeth her as an ox led to be a victim, and as a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like a fool to bonds,

Darby Bible Translation
He went after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, and as stocks [serve] for the correction of the fool;

English Revised Version
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as fetters to the correction of the fool;

Webster's Bible Translation
He goeth after her quickly, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

World English Bible
He followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool stepping into a noose.

Young's Literal Translation
He is going after her straightway, As an ox unto the slaughter he cometh, And as a fetter unto the chastisement of a fool,
Study Bible
Warnings about the Adulteress
21With her great persuasion she entices him; she lures him with her flattering lips. 22He follows her on impulse, like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding into a trap, 23until an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare—not knowing it will cost him his life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 7:21
With her great persuasion she entices him; she lures him with her flattering lips.

Proverbs 7:23
until an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare--not knowing it will cost him his life.

Treasury of Scripture

He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

straightway suddenly as an

Acts 14:13
Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

as a: Dr.

the correction

Job 13:27
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

Jeremiah 20:2
Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.

Acts 16:24
Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.







Lexicon
He follows her
ה֤וֹלֵ֥ךְ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

on impulse,
פִּ֫תְאֹ֥ם (piṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

like an ox
כְּ֭שׁוֹר (kə·šō·wr)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)

going
יָב֑וֹא (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the slaughter,
טָ֣בַח‪‬ (ṭā·ḇaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2874: Something slaughtered, a beast, butchery

like a deer
אֱוִֽיל׃ (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

bounding
וּ֝כְעֶ֗כֶס (ū·ḵə·‘e·ḵes)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5914: A fetter, an anklet

into
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

a trap,
מוּסַ֥ר (mū·sar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint
(22) Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks.--This sense is only gained by a transposition of the original. It has been attempted to translate it literally "and as if in fetters to where one corrects fools," i.e., to prison.

Verse 22. - He teeth after her straightway; suddenly, as though, casting aside all scruples, he gave himself up to the temptation, and with no further delay accompanied her to the house. Septuagint, "He followed, being cajoled (κεπφωθείς), ensnared like a silly bird" (see the article on Cepphus Larus, in Erasmus's 'Adag ,' s.v. "Garrulitas"). As an ox goeth to the slaughter. He no more realizes the serious issue of his action than an irrational beast which, without prevision of the future, walks contentedly to the slaughter house, and is stupidly placid in the face of death. Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks. There is some difficulty in the translation of this clause. The Authorized Version, with which Delitzsch virtually agrees, is obtained by transposition of the nouns, the natural rendering of the Hebrew being "as fetters to the correction of a fool." The sense thus obtained is obvious: the youth follows the woman, as a fool or a criminal is led unresisting to confinement and degradation. Doubtless there is some error in the text, as may be seen by comparison of the versions. Septuagint (with which the Syriac agrees), "As a dog to chains, or as a hart struck to the liver with an arrow;" Vulgate, "As a frisking lamb, and not knowing that as a fool he is being dragged to bondage." The commentators are much divided. Fleischer, "As if in fetters to the punishment of the fool," i.e. of himself; Ewald, "As when a steel trap (springs up) for the correction of a fool," i.e. when a hidden trap suddenly catches an incautious person wandering where he has no business. The direct interpretation, that the youth follows the harlot, as fetters the proper punishment of fools, is unsatisfactory, because the parallelism leads us to expect a living being instead of "fetters." We are constrained to fall back on the Authorized Version as exhibiting the best mode of reconstructing a corrupt text. The youth, with his insensate passion, is compared to the madman or idiot who is taken away, unconscious of his fate, to a shameful deprivation of liberty. 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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