July 15, 2007
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- My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
- Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
- Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
- Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
- That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
- For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
- And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
- Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
- In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
- And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
- (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
- Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
- So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
- I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
- Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
- I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
- I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
- Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
- For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
- He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
- With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
- He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
- Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
- Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
- Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
- For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
- Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
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- Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
- She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
- She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
- Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
- O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
- Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
- For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
- All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
- They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
- Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
- For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
- I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
- The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
- Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
- By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
- By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
- I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
- Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
- My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
- I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
- That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
- The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
- I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
- When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
- Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
- While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
- When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
- When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
- When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
- Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
- Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
- Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
- Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
- Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
- For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
- But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
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- Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
- She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
- She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
- Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
- He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
- Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
- Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
- For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
- If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
- A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
- For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
- To call passengers who go right on their ways:
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
- But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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Sexual sin is taking over our land. There was a time when even the unsaved world frowned upon immorality, but today fornication has launched itself even into Bible-preaching churches. The numbers of pastors who have fallen into moral sin are huge. Young people are falling pray to it. It is an epidemic, and must be dealt with.
Proverbs 7 tells the sad tale of a young man's fall into fornication. It clearly spells out the steps that he took to get into the position to make his foolish decision, and this should help each of us so that we can protect ourselves from immorality. It is important to note that the young man did not set out that night to surrender his purity. Verse 21 states,
"With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him."
The phrases "caused him to yield" and "forced" show that this young man, at least initially, did not want to be immoral. However, after putting himself in a position to sin, and allowing his defenses to be broken down, he finally gave in. My personal experience has been that most Christian people who are involved in adultery or some other form of sexual sin do not plan from the beginning to wind up there. So often I have heard the cry, "I never intended for this to happen," or "I don't know how this happened." This young man probably felt the same way the next day. Learning from his lifestyle will help us to avoid his mistake.
According to verse 7, the young man's first problem was that he was "void of understanding". He was already making the choice to ignore the truth that he had been given. He chose not to understand the seriousness of the issue. Not only was he simple but he was hanging around with other simpletons. The Bible repeated warns against spending time with those who will have a negative impact on your spiritual life. This young man ignored that warning also.
According to verses 8-9 he was out at night with his buddies, and he went over near her home. The context indicates that he went there purposefully; he did not just happen to wind up there. However, as we have already seen, he did not intend to commit fornication. Apparently he was going near there to get close to sin. Perhaps he wanted to see something that he shouldn't. Maybe he was hoping to get to talk this woman who perhaps had a sullied reputation. Whatever his motive, he chose to put himself in a position to sin. He went to a place where he should not have been for an inappropriate purpose, and it cost him his purity.
The woman certainly is not without fault in this. Her first problem was that she was not godly in her spirit. According to verse 11 she was loud and stubborn, which is contradictory to Peter's admonition that a lady should posses a "meek and quiet spirit" (I Peter 3:4). She was not content to stay at home and care for it as Paul said she should (Titus 2:4-5), and she clearly did not love her husband who happened to be out of town. She touched the young man and kissed him (which he allowed), which Paul warns against in I Cor. 7:1. She was dressed immodestly, for it states that she wore the attire of a harlot. For the men, please note that when you allow your senses to be aroused as this young man did, trouble is just around the corner. For the women, note that your dress and touch will influence men in ways that are unScriptural and wicked. Be careful!
She appealed to the young man with her words. She had paid her religious vows (how often has a person been sucked into sin by someone claiming to be in a right relationship with the Lord), and in so doing had the leftover meat at her home for them both to enjoy (14). She flattered him by stating that she had come out just to find him, thus making him feel "special" (15). She appealed to his senses by speaking of the beauty of her bedchamber (16-17). She spoke of "love" to a young man that she probably barely knew (18). Finally she offered the decisive enticement: no one will ever know (19-20). Finally, against his better judgment, he gave in, and according to verses 22-27, destroyed his life.
Learn the lessons here. Don't be simple, or spend your time with simpletons. Stay as far away from temptation as you can. Don't allow your senses to dictate what you do. Keep your hands to yourself. Ladies, be modest in your dress and have the right type of spirit before God. Don't ever think that "no one will know", because God knows everything. Take these precautions, and you will never have to worry about ruining your life in sexual sin.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery