Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend--
That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words.
For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.
And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,
Sauntering through the street near the corner; and he went the way to her house
In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling .
And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart.
She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;
Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner.
So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,
Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.
So I came forth to meet you ; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.
I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love.
For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed .
With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him and forces him along.
Suddenly he follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction to a fool orThe Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) so reads at this point.like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle
Till a dart pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net , not knowing that it will cost him his life.
Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
Let not your heart incline toward her ways, do not stray into her paths.
For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.
Her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death.
Summary: Andy Stanley once noted: “Many people are what you might call directionally challenged; They don’t know where they’re going, They haven’t a goal, They just wander thru life expecting that everything will turn out all right.”
Summary: God’s wisdom reveals the truth and gives us some guidelines to follow in order to avoid the sin of adultery.
1- Store up God’s Word to overcome
2- Following smooth talk leads to trouble
3- Guard the heart for victory over sin
Summary: Solomon's instruction is to go for wisdom & to flee from the evil woman. The teacher wants to rivet the student's attention on the subject. His admonitions are as inescapable as commands & laws.
Summary: This teaching is taken from my book “Beaten, Battered, Bruised & Blessed” (Christians Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence) more information can be found at www.c21c.org My prayer is it will help you in Pastoral ministry.
Summary: Many people are "directionall challenged". In other words, they have no goals in their lives and often end up in painful relationships and situations because they don’t plan to get anywhere in their lives.
Summary: Life is tough. Everyone is looking for a "door of escape." In this chapter, Solomon mentions two "woman." You have a choice. The Harlot? (Verese 5-27) Or Chirst? (Verses 1-4) Choose Christ as your "door of escape!"