Proverbs – Chapter 7

Proverbs 7

Do you ever give good solid advise, and then not follow it yourself? I feel that this is exactly what Solomon did when writing so much about staying away from adultery and prostitutes. He wrote good solid advise about these two types of women and then had 700 wives and 300 concubines. With all the wisdom God gave him, did he not realize after he married the first wife that he was committing adultery with the others? I guess he took the old saying to heart, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Verse 1 – My son, Keep my words, and treasure my commands within you.

verse 2 – Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.

Verse 3 – Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Verse 4 – Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your nearest kin,

Verse 5 – That they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words.

Verse 5, is usually how an affair starts. One party starts flattering or giving attention to another. The one on the receiving end wonders why their own spouse doesn’t treat them, “this good.” Or they start imagining what it would be like to have this flattering and attention all the time. Neglect towards one spouse or the other does  not constitute deception. It’s wrong anyway you look at it. The grass is not greener on the other side. Weeds still grow there too.

Verse 6 – For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,

Verse 7 – And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding.

Verse 8 – Passing along the street near her corner; and he took the path to her house.

Verse 9 – In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.

Verse 10 – And there a woman met him with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.

Verse 11 – She was loud and rebellious, her feet would not stay at home.

Verse 12 – At times she was outside, at times in the open square, lurking at every corner.

Verse 13 – So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face she said to him:

Verse 14 – “I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows.”

She includes religion in her lie that she has specifically searched just for him. In reality she was on the hunt for anyone.

Verse 15 – So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you.

Verse 16 – I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen.

Verse 17 – I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Verse 18 – Come let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love.

Verse 19 – For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;

Verse 20 – He has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home on the appointed day.”

The length of the business trip her husband took is indicated by how much money he took with him. “We won’t get caught!”

Verse 21 – With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.

Verse 22 – Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,

Verse 23 – Till an arrow struck his liver, as a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would take his life. (The husband must have come home early.)

Verse 24 – Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth;

Verse 25 – Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths;

Verse 26 – For she has cast down many wounded, and all who are slain by her were strong men.

Verse 27 – Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death.

So, the moral of that proverb is: When someone commits adultery, don’t assume you will come out of it alive.

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