Proverbs 7:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:16, NIV: "I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt."

Proverbs 7:16, ESV: "I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen;"

Proverbs 7:16, KJV: "I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt."

Proverbs 7:16, NASB: "'I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt."

Proverbs 7:16, NLT: "My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen."

Proverbs 7:16, CSB: "I've spread coverings on my bed--richly colored linen from Egypt."

What does Proverbs 7:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As part of a scheme to seduce a careless young man (Proverbs 7:9–15), the predatory woman begins to describe her bedroom in alluring terms. Though what she describes is luxurious and attractive (Proverbs 7:17), it presents nothing but death and ruin for those who fall for the trap (Proverbs 6:25–26).

It is typical of the Devil and his followers to depict something evil and offensive to God as attractive and inviting. Although Joshua told the Israelites that Jericho and its contents were devoted to the Lord for destruction and they were to keep themselves from the things devoted to destruction (Joshua 6:17–18), Achan disobeyed. He confessed, "Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them" (Joshua 7:20–21). What Achan saw as highly desirable cost him his life (Joshua 7:22–26), and what the foolish young man perceived as desirable would cost him dearly, even costing his life (Proverbs 7:22–23).