Proverbs 7:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:20, NIV: "He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.'"

Proverbs 7:20, ESV: "he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.”"

Proverbs 7:20, KJV: "He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed."

Proverbs 7:20, NASB: "He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home.'"

Proverbs 7:20, NLT: "He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won't return until later this month.'"

Proverbs 7:20, CSB: "He took a bag of silver with him and will come home at the time of the full moon.""

What does Proverbs 7:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The adulteress continues her effort to persuade the foolish young man to commit adultery with her (Proverbs 7:6–19). She points out that her husband took a bag of money with him. Perhaps she mentions this fact to alleviate the young man's fear that her husband might run out of money and return home unexpectedly. She indicates that he will be far from home for several days, until there is a full moon. It seems the husband was on a business trip, but he may have planned to spend some of his money on a gift or two for his wife. If this is the case, his wife's wickedness intensifies.

The young man is being drawn into the affair slowly but surely. This entire story is meant to highlight the dangers of sexual temptation, and the tactics to which both men and women can be exposed. The young man in this example, like the son listening to Solomon's teaching, and those reading it today, would be well advised to heed the counsel given in Proverbs 1:10: "My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent." Fortunately, God promises to provide a way of escape when temptation confronts us (1 Corinthians 10:13).