Proverbs 7
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1  My son, heed my words; And store up my commandments with you.

א  בְּנִי שְׁמֹר אֲמָרָי וּמִצְוׂתַי תִּצְפֹּן אִתָּךְ׃

2  Keep my commandments and live, My teaching, as the apple of your eye.

ב  שְׁמֹר מִצְוׂתַי וֶחְיֵה וְתוֹרָתִי כְּאִישׁוֹן עֵינֶיךָ׃

3  Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your mind.

ג  קָשְׁרֵם עַל־אֶצְבְּעֹתֶיךָ כָּתְבֵם עַל־לוּחַ לִבֶּךָ׃

4  Say to Wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call Understanding a kinswoman.

ד  אֱמֹר לַחָכְמָה אֲחֹתִי אָתְּ וּמֹדָע לַבִּינָה תִקְרָא׃

5  She will guard you from a forbidden woman; From an alien woman whose talk is smooth.

ה  לִשְׁמָרְךָ מֵאִשָּׁה זָרָה מִנָּכְרִיָּה אֲמָרֶיהָ הֶחֱלִיקָה׃

6  From the window of my house, Through my lattice, I looked out

ו  כִּי בְּחַלּוֹן בֵּיתִי בְּעַד אֶשְׁנַבִּי נִשְׁקָפְתִּי׃

7  And saw among the simple, Noticed among the youths, A lad devoid of sense.

ז  וָאֵרֶא בַפְּתָאיִם אָבִינָה בַבָּנִים נַעַר חֲסַר־לֵב׃

8  He was crossing the street near her corner, Walking toward her house

ח  עֹבֵר בַּשּׁוּק אֵצֶל פִּנָּהּ וְדֶרֶךְ בֵּיתָהּ יִצְעָד׃

9  In the dusk of evening, In the dark hours of night.

ט  בְּנֶשֶׁף־בְּעֶרֶב יוֹם בְּאִישׁוֹן לַיְלָה וַאֲפֵלָה׃

10  A woman comes toward him Dressed like a harlot, with set purpose.

י  וְהִנֵּה אִשָּׁה לִקְרָאתוֹ שִׁית זוֹנָה וּנְצֻרַת לֵב׃

11  She is bustling and restive; She is never at home.

יא  הֹמִיָּה הִיא וְסֹרָרֶת בְּבֵיתָהּ לֹא־יִשְׁכְּנוּ רַגְלֶיהָ׃

12  Now in the street, now in the square, She lurks at every corner.

יב  פַּעַם בַּחוּץ פַּעַם בָּרְחֹבוֹת וְאֵצֶל כָּל־פִּנָּה תֶאֱרֹב׃

13  She lays hold of him and kisses him; Brazenly she says to him,

יג  וְהֶחֱזִיקָה בּוֹ וְנָשְׁקָה־לּוֹ הֵעֵזָה פָנֶיהָ וַתֹּאמַר לוֹ׃

14  “I had to make a sacrifice of well-being; Today I fulfilled my vows.

ziv-KHAY sh’-la-MEEM a-LAI ha-YOM shi-LAM-tee n’-da-RAI

יד  זִבְחֵי שְׁלָמִים עָלָי הַיּוֹם שִׁלַּמְתִּי נְדָרָי׃

 7:14   Sacrifice of well-being

The sacrifice of well-being is often called the ‘peace-offering’ based on its Hebrew name, korban sh’lamim (קרבן שלמים), which is related to the Hebrew word shalom (שלום), ‘peace.’ According to Jewish tradition, it is called this because the korban sh’lamim symbolizes peace and unity, as it is the only offering that is shared by all relevant parties: Hashem, via the portions burned on the altar, and the priest and the owner of the sacrifice who each consume part of the meat. It is not a coincidence that this is also the only offering that is not restricted to the Beit Hamikdash, but may be eaten anywhere in the city of Jerusalem. The Hebrew name for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, also has the word shalom at its root, and indeed, Jerusalem is known as ir shel shalom, the city of peace. Yerushalayim is meant to be the source for all peace on earth, and is therefore closely connected with the well-being offering.1 comment

15  Therefore I have come out to you, Seeking you, and have found you.

טו  עַל־כֵּן יָצָאתִי לִקְרָאתֶךָ לְשַׁחֵר פָּנֶיךָ וָאֶמְצָאֶךָּ׃

16  I have decked my couch with covers Of dyed Egyptian linen;

טז  מַרְבַדִּים רָבַדְתִּי עַרְשִׂי חֲטֻבוֹת אֵטוּן מִצְרָיִם׃

17  I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

יז  נַפְתִּי מִשְׁכָּבִי מֹר אֲהָלִים וְקִנָּמוֹן׃

18  Let us drink our fill of love till morning; Let us delight in amorous embrace.

יח  לְכָה נִרְוֶה דֹדִים עַד־הַבֹּקֶר נִתְעַלְּסָה בָּאֳהָבִים׃

19  For the man of the house is away; He is off on a distant journey.

יט  כִּי אֵין הָאִישׁ בְּבֵיתוֹ הָלַךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ מֵרָחוֹק׃

20  He took his bag of money with him And will return only at mid-month.”

כ  צְרוֹר־הַכֶּסֶף לָקַח בְּיָדוֹ לְיוֹם הַכֵּסֶא יָבֹא בֵיתוֹ׃

21  She sways him with her eloquence, Turns him aside with her smooth talk.

כא  הִטַּתּוּ בְּרֹב לִקְחָהּ בְּחֵלֶק שְׂפָתֶיהָ תַּדִּיחֶנּוּ׃

22  Thoughtlessly he follows her, Like an ox going to the slaughter, Like a fool to the stocks for punishment—

כב  הוֹלֵךְ אַחֲרֶיהָ פִּתְאֹם כְּשׁוֹר אֶל־טָבַח יָבוֹא וּכְעֶכֶס אֶל־מוּסַר אֱוִיל׃

23  Until the arrow pierces his liver. He is like a bird rushing into a trap, Not knowing his life is at stake.

כג  עַד יְפַלַּח חֵץ כְּבֵדוֹ כְּמַהֵר צִפּוֹר אֶל־פָּח וְלֹא־יָדַע כִּי־בְנַפְשׁוֹ הוּא׃

24  Now, sons, listen to me; Pay attention to my words;

כד  וְעַתָּה בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ־לִי וְהַקְשִׁיבוּ לְאִמְרֵי־פִי׃

25  Let your mind not wander down her ways; Do not stray onto her paths.

כה  אַל־יֵשְׂטְ אֶל־דְּרָכֶיהָ לִבֶּךָ אַל־תֵּתַע בִּנְתִיבוֹתֶיהָ׃

26  For many are those she has struck dead, And numerous are her victims.

כו  כִּי־רַבִּים חֲלָלִים הִפִּילָה וַעֲצֻמִים כָּל־הֲרֻגֶיהָ׃

27  Her house is a highway to Sheol Leading down to Death’s inner chambers.

כז  דַּרְכֵי שְׁאוֹל בֵּיתָהּ יֹרְדוֹת אֶל־חַדְרֵי־מָוֶת׃

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  • Verse 2: Keep my commandments and live, my teaching, as the apple of your eye.

    There are two levels of interpretation on display here: the obvious of Shlomo to his son—and, the more meaningful, of HaShem to the reader.

    And the parallelism of biblical poetry, seen especially in the Psalms and the Proverbs, is observable here. The “apple of your eye” speaks of the pupil; thus the admonition to view all of existence through the lens of HaShem’s word to His people. In so doing, we are enabled to “keep my commandments and live.”

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