Proverbs 7:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:10, NIV: "Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent."

Proverbs 7:10, ESV: "And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart."

Proverbs 7:10, KJV: "And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart."

Proverbs 7:10, NASB: "And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart."

Proverbs 7:10, NLT: "The woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of heart."

Proverbs 7:10, CSB: "A woman came to meet him dressed like a prostitute, having a hidden agenda."

What does Proverbs 7:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the prior passage, Solomon spoke of things he had observed, which led to his wise advice. One thing he has seen is the reckless actions of youth who don't follow godly advice (Proverbs 7:6–9). In this case, Solomon depicts a young man who willingly puts himself in the path of temptation from a predatory woman.

Dressed in deliberately suggestive clothes, she sees the foolish young man drawing near her house, and eager for sin, she runs to meet him. She may have painted her eyes and adorned her head, with the intent of making herself attractive to a victim, as wicked Jezebel did (2 Kings 9:30). The woman in this example is married but unfaithful (Proverbs 7:18–20). She is also crafty and knows how to seduce her victim.

God categorically condemns all forms of sexual sin. Ephesians 5:5 states: "For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." It is significant that Babylon, the evil world system of the end times, is referred to as sexually immoral. It is said that the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her (see Revelation 18:1–3). Like Jezebel of old, Babylon will experience a fatal fall.