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Proverbs 7:21 - Exposition

Thus far we have had the adulteress introduced speaking; now the narrative proceeds. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield. First, she influenced his mind, and bent his will to her purpose by her evil eloquence. The Hebrew word means "doctrine, or learning"—devil's pleading ( Proverbs 1:5 ; Proverbs 9:9 ). St. Jerome has irretivit, "she netted him;" Septuagint, "She caused him to go astray ( ἀπεπλάνησε ) by much converse." She talked him over, though indeed he had put himself in the way of temptation, and had now no power to resist her seductions. Then with the flattering of her lips she forced him; drew him away. His body followed the lead of his blinded mind; he acceded to her solicitations. Septuagint, "With the snares of her lips she ran him aground ( ἐξώκειλε ), drove him headlong to ruin."

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