Proverbs 7:15

Hebrew Bible

13 So she grabbed him and kissed him, and with a bold expression she said to him, 14 “I have meat from my peace offerings at home; today I have fulfilled my vows! 15 That is why I came out to meet you, to look for you, and I found you! 16 I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, with richly colored fabric from Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Song of Solomon 3:2

Song of Songs
Hebrew Bible

1 The Beloved about Her Lover: All night long on my bed I longed for my lover. I longed for him, but he never appeared. 2 “I will arise and look all around throughout the town, and throughout the streets and squares; I will search for my beloved.” I searched for him, but I did not find him. 3 The night watchmen found me—the ones who guard the city walls. “Have you seen my beloved?” 4 Scarcely had I passed them by when I found my beloved! I held onto him tightly and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother’s house, to the bedroom chamber of the one who conceived me.

 Notes and References

"... When the occurrences of 'find' (מצָָ) in Ecclesiastes are read alongside the text of Proverbs, numerous intertextual connections emerge. Qoheleth (the speaker in Ecclesiastes) in Ecclesiastes 7:24 says, 'What has been is far away (רָחוֹק) and very deep. Who can discover (מָצָא) it?' The same terms are used in Proverbs 31:10: 'A woman of valor, who can find (מָצָא), for her worth is far above (רָחוֹק) jewels,' perhaps indicating an explicit quotation, or more likely, an allusion. Similarly, Qoheleth concludes in Ecclesiastes 7:28 that though he had found one man among a thousand, he had not found a woman. Again in Proverbs 31:10, the rhetorical question asking who can find a woman of wisdom is answered in Proverbs 18:22: the one who finds a wife finds good and obtains favor from the Lord (Yahweh). In Ecclesiastes 7:26, Qoheleth found a woman, likely referring back to folly in 7:25, who is bitter (מָרָה) and whose heart is full of snares and nets. The same term is found in Proverbs 5:4, where the adulteress leads to a bitter (מָרָה) end. In Proverbs 7:15, the strange woman finds the young man and leads him into disaster (7:23). The woman of folly in Proverbs 1-9 is the recurrent embodiment of the allure and calamity of the way that rejects wisdom ..."

Estes, Daniel J. "Seeking and Finding in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs" in Dell, Katharine Julia, and Will Kynes (eds.) Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually (pp. 118-129) Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014

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