of a poem from the Dead Sea Scrolls
depicting the evil wiles
of a seductress
and all the damnation
that shacking up
with her brings. Many view it as a metaphor
ic warning of the trappings of false doctrine
, meant to keep its readers from straying down spiritual path
s that seem really attractive
but which actually will send you straight into the fiery depths of hell
. Ah, temptation
1Folly produces nothingness, and in ... She is always seeking error, she whets the words of her mouth. With raillery
Translation by Edward Cook
2and jesting she flatters, and adds derision to useless vanity. Her heart creates lewdness, and her inner being ... Her eyes
are befouled with perversity, her hands grip corruption tight. Her feet come down to do evil, and to walk in the crimes of ... Her thighs are
4pillars of darkness, a horde of sins is under her hem, her ... blackest night. Her attire ...
5her robes are gloom of twilight, while her jewelry is infected with rot. Her bed is a couch of corruption ...
6pits of hell. Her inns are where darkness lies down, she holds sway at dead of night, Among the pillars of gloom
7she pitches her tent, and settles among the tents of silence, in the middle of perpetual flames. She does not belong with any of those
8illuminated by brightness. No, she is the beginning of all evil paths: alas for all who take possession of her, and destruction comes to all
9who take hold of her, for her ways are deadly, her paths lead to sin, her by-ways end in
10evil, her tracks in criminal wrongdoing, Her gates are the gates of Death, in the entrance of her house she walks to Hades
11all without return! All who take possession of her go straight to hell. She lies secretly in wait ...
12all ... in the city streets she hides, in the town gates she takes her stand, and no one will ...
13 ... her eyes dart here and there, she flutters her eyelids lewdly, looking for a
14righteous man to catch, looking for a strong man to trip up, for someone honest to lead astray, for innocent youths
15to keep from obeying the commandments, for the firm of purpose to make empty with lewdness, for those who live honestly to make them break the law; to cause
16the humble to rebel from God, and to divert their steps from the ways of righteousness, to put arrogance in the hearts, so that they do not remain
17in the paths of integrity. She seeks to make people go wrong in the ways of Hell, seducing the human race by flattery.