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Warning Against the Adulterous Woman
My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative”. They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words. At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. Vs 1-9
Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare little knowing it will cost him his life. Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death. Vs 10-27
The previous two chapters warned against the act of adultery. This chapter warns us about the adulteress/adulterer. It opens by telling us to not only keep and remember God’s commands, but to also make a point to regularly recall them. Practice them in our daily lives. This will help us to make good sound decisions that will be pleasing and glorifying to God Almighty, our Creator. How are you guarding and keeping His teachings? How has God’s wisdom saved you from the seductive words of another?
We’re told the adulteress/adulterer is everywhere. They are always watching and waiting for an opportunity to use their persuasive words to lead us astray. Again, we are told to listen and pay attention. If we don’t have God’s teachings and commands in our heart, we will easily fall victim to their smooth talk. We need God’s wisdom so we can discern between someone who truly cares for us and someone who seeks to use us for his or her gain, whether it be physical or spiritual. Have you witnessed another fall prey to someone’s persuasive words? How can you be helpful the next time you see this?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, your wisdom is greater than anything we could imagine. It’s meant to protect, guide and help us as we move throughout each day. Thank you Lord for your never ending love, grace and mercy offered to us as we try, and often fail, to become more like You. I pray for your wisdom, strength and courage to stand up against those who tempt us to leave the path You have planned for us. The path You created that is best for us, Amen.