Thursday, July 22, 2010

Proverbs 7

Treasure God's commandments within you, within your heart.

Teaching as the apple of your eye- which is the pupil of the eye, a precious thing to be guarded with the utmost care.

Write them on the tablet of your heart- memorization, meditate on this.

Let wisdom and understanding be your intimate friend. If you will have them as a companion they will protect you from the enticements of the adulteress.

Adulteress is described as the foreigner who flatters with her words.

The victim (v.6-9) does/goes to the adulteress house when it is evening/darkness as if to keep it a secret.

The adulteress is described as dressed as a harlot, cunning of heart, enticing, boisterous, and rebellious.

An adulteress tactics include kisses (v.13), flattery (v.15), sensuality (v.16-18), reassurance that the victim will be fine and not be caught because her husband isn't home and won't be coming home for a while (v.19-20), and persuasion (v.21).

The young man is fooled and trapped and heads to his doom for he does not know it will cost him his life (v.22-23).

Pay attention to the words of my mouth- listen attentively it says.

Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways or stray into her paths. She has many victims that she has cast down and slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.

I have one thing to say that although in Proverbs the adulteress is described as a female that males are not without sin in this area too. I believe that adulteress can be changed to adulterer and seen in men as well as ladies.

This is what I learned from Proverbs 7.

1 comment:

Freda Lau said...

Thanks for sharing this, Michelle. I'm very blessed by reading it. I like the part you mentioned that adultery applies to both women and men: that they both can be tools of the enemy to tempt. And also the pupil of the eye because that's where temptation normally begins - through what we see.