Pathways Through Proverbs
March 5, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 5
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- My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
- That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
- For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
- But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
- Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
- Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
- Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
- Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
- Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
- Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
- And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
- And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
- And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
- I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
- Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
- Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
- Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
- Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
- Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
- And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
- For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
- His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
- He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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Solomon spends the early part of chapter five warning his son concerning the strange, adulterous woman. Having told him what kind of heartache she will bring to his life, the king gives today's admonition: stay away from her and don't go near her house.
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What great truth there is here! How much trouble we would avoid if we would simply keep away from the people and places where trouble resides. There may be some acquaintances that you have who are unsaved, or perhaps backslidden, and when you get with them you tend to surrender your spirituality. Here is the solution: don't spend time with them. If you know that there is a certain place where you are likely to get involved in sinful activity, don't go there. I grow weary of people's excuses when they get into trouble. They constantly want to blame their circumstances or their companions. The question should be this: why were you in that place with those people if you didn't intend to be involved in their wickedness? A boy and a girl spend time in a house unchaperoned and wonder why they got involved in immorality. People go to parties where alcohol is served and then wonder why things got out of control. A husband spends all his free time with his unsaved buddies and wonders why his marriage is falling apart. The answers to all these questions are obvious.
It is much easier to avoid temptation than to try to extricate yourself from it once you are ensnared. If you don't visit the strange woman, you won't commit adultery with her. The Lord has promised that He never tempts us to sin. Why would we want to tempt ourselves?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery