Proverbs 6:24-7:23

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

M. The value of wisdom in preserving from sexual immorality (6:20 - 7:27)

24 To keep (i.e. guard, protect) thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman (i.e. the evil woman, an adulteress, a prostitute, an immoral woman) (The way she talks to you).

25 Lust not after (do not covet, do not desire, do not take pleasure in, or do not delight in) her (i.e. the evil woman's, an adulteress's, a prostitute's, an immoral woman's) beauty (The way she appears; the way she looks) in thine heart (This also forbids looking at pornography.); neither let her (i.e. the evil woman's, an adulteress's, a prostitute's, an immoral woman's) take (i.e. captivate) thee with her (i.e. the evil woman's, an adulteress's, a prostitute's, an immoral woman's) eyelids (i.e. with the way she looks or the way she looks at you).

26 For by means of a whorish woman (i.e. a harlot) a man is brought to a piece (i.e. a loaf or crust) of bread (she will eat you up): and the adulteress will hunt for (i.e. prey upon) the precious life.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? - It is impossible to engage in this sin without suffering the consequences. - Ryrie Study Bible

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife (A man committing adultery with his neighbor's wife is going to get burned.); whosoever toucheth her (a euphemism meaning "engages in sex with her") shall not be innocent (will not go unpunished).

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he (i.e. a thief) steal to satisfy his (i.e. a thief's) soul when he (i.e. a thief) is hungry;

31 But if he (i.e. a thief) be found, he (i.e. a thief) shall restore sevenfold; he (i.e. a thief) shall give all the substance of his (i.e. the thief's own) house. Restitution is possible for the thief.

32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he (i.e. whoever commits adultery with a woman) that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

33 A wound and dishonour (i.e. disgrace) shall he (i.e. the one who commits adultery with a woman) get; and his (i.e. the one who commits adultery with a woman) reproach (i.e. shame) shall not be wiped away.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he (i.e. the husband of the adulteress) will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He (i.e. the husband of the adulteress) will not regard any ransom (i.e. payment or compensation); neither will he (i.e. the husband of the adulteress) rest content, though thou (i.e. the one who commits adultery with the husband's wife) givest many gifts. (Restitution is not possible for an adulterer.)

Proverbs 7

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

M. The value of wisdom in preserving from sexual immorality (6:20 - 7:27)

1 My son, keep my words, and lay up (i.e. treasure) my commandments with thee.

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple (literally, pupil) of thine eye (The father's commandments are extremely important and must be kept.).

3 Bind them (i.e. the father's commandments) upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart (Make the father's instructions a part of you.).

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: (Maintain a close relationship with wisdom and understanding.)

5 That they (i.e. wisdom and understanding) may keep thee from the strange woman (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman), from the stranger which flattereth with her words (i.e. the words of the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman)).

6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement (i.e. the window-lattice),

7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

8 Passing through the street near her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress's, prostitute's, the immoral woman's) corner; and he went the way to her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress's, prostitute's, the immoral woman's) house, (He should have stayed away and not gone anywhere near her house. He did not heed the instruction of Proverbs 5:8 , Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.)

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night (in the black of night):

10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil (i.e. crafty or cunning) of heart. (The way a woman dresses says a lot about her. Why would a godly lady want to dress like a harlot or dress like she is advertising herself as available? Women who do dress like harlots are not godly.)

11 (She is loud and stubborn (she does not have a meek and quiet spirit); her feet abide not in her house: 12 Now is she without (i.e. outside), now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) She's not waiting for a bus or a ride to church. She's not waiting for a ride to work. She's looking for the simpleton.

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent (i.e. strong or hardened) face said unto him,

14 I have peace offerings with me (Lit., sacrifices of peace offerings. Having offered sacrifices, she had a good supply of meat on hand and urged her victim to share it with her, since it had to be eaten right away - Ryrie Study Bible.); this day have I (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) payed my vows.

15 Therefore came I (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face (she makes him feel special), and I (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) have found thee.

16 I (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine (i.e. colored) linen of Egypt.

17 I (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) have perfumed (i.e. sprinkled) my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace (i.e. enjoy) ourselves with loves.

19 For the goodman (i.e. husband) is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed (i.e. the full moon).

21 With her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress', the prostitute's, the immoral woman's) much fair speech (i.e. persuasion) she (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) forced (i.e. seduces) him.

22 He goeth after her (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) straightway (i.e. suddenly), as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks (he is oblivious to what awaits him);

23 Till a dart (i.e. arrow) strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare (i.e. trap), and knoweth not that it is for his life.