What does Proverbs 7:16 mean?
ESV: I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen;
NIV: I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.
NASB: I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.
CSB: I've spread coverings on my bed -- richly colored linen from Egypt.
NLT: My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.
KJV: I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
NKJV: I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
Verse Commentary:
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).
Verse Context:
Proverbs 7:10–23 describes an adulteress as aggressive and seductive. Though speaking to his son, Solomon's lessons here are meant for all people. This passage is part of Solomon's teaching about the dangers of sin and temptation. The prior passage spoke of a reckless youth (Proverbs 7:6–9), who now suffers the consequences of his own choices. The woman in this story takes advantage of the young man's lust and carelessness. Solomon compares the trap she springs to those used to capture ox, a deer, and a bird.
Chapter Summary:
Repeating a theme common to the early chapters of Proverbs, Solomon once again presents a dire warning about the dangers of adultery. This comes in the form of a story about a foolish young man being seduced by a predatory woman. Solomon says this is something he has seen—meaning this is likely a summary of many such examples he has witnessed in his life. The result of these reckless sins is misery and death, for both men and women alike.
Chapter Context:
In Proverbs 5 and 6 Solomon warns his son against adultery. He describes the evil woman, the adulteress, as deceptive and dangerous. While this is valid in a literal sense, it also serves as a general warning about the seductive nature of sin. In this chapter he continues his counsel about adultery, stressing the tactics used in temptation and how falling to them leads to death. The following chapter will return to the personification of wisdom as a woman, begging to be honored.
Book Summary:
Proverbs is best understood in context with the books of Ecclesiastes and Job. In Proverbs, “wisdom” is given in short, simple, general terms. Ecclesiastes represents wisdom based on observation and experience. This often shows how the general principles of the book of Proverbs don’t apply in absolutely every circumstance. Job represents wisdom based on the experience of suffering and injustice. All three come to the conclusion that God does indeed know best, and the most sensible course of action is to follow His will.
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