Proverbs 7:7 ESV

Wisdom, Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of our Journey through “31 Days of Wisdom”!


Today’s categories are adultery, seduction, temptation, and distraction.
(anything taking you from your true love and fulfilling your promise)


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As a bird gets trapped in a snare or the ox gets led to slaughter are graphic images of how easily our own nature can ensnare us. All at once we find ourselves caught up, and taken down, when we could have avoided the path altogether.


Of course any metaphors and various situations could be applicable to the wisdom shared here in avoiding temptation. But clearly there is an emphasis in teaching fidelity and faithfulness in these first chapters. Even books on finance and wealth accumulation in the secular world speak to the advantages of one couple staying true and focused in their partnership together as they live out the rest of their lives working toward common goals. In today’s marketplace and advertising mantras we know that “sex sells” so is there any doubt that this natural desire built into us can be such a dangerous area to go unchecked without boundaries and guidance?


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[shareable cite=””]Warning Against the Adulteress


1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.


6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, 7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, 8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house 9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. 10 And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. 11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, 14 ‘I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. 16 I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. 19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; 20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.’


21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life. 24 And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, 26 for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.


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Please see the Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom post if you missed it. There are some starting resources and recommendations there.


For some helpful commentaries and other resources to dig in deeper you may enjoy the following links, or your own search at a local book store or online search/purchase.


“Make it a purpose-filled and on-target day!”


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