Pathways Through Proverbs
October 2, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 2
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- My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
- So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
- Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
- If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
- Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
- For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
- He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
- He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
- Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
- When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
- Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
- To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
- Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
- Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
- Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
- To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
- Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
- For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
- None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
- That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
- For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
- But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
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In verses 12-15 of this chapter Solomon writes that wisdom will keep a man from evil men. Beginning in verse 16 he states that wisdom will also keep a man from strange women. The strange woman of the Scripture is immoral, and Solomon surely understood the lure that a woman could have over a man and how she could lead him to fornication. Thus, he gives repeated warnings to his son to stay away from "loose" women.
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In today's verse he gives a frightening statement:
"none that go unto her return again".
In our modern society with its loose morals we see people regularly becoming involved in physical relationships with partners to whom they are not married. It seems that many people even hop from one affair to another, and no one seems to be bothered by this. Yet Solomon says that once a man has been involved in immorality, he can never go back to the way he used to be. This is not to say that he can not be forgiven or that he can never be used by God in any capacity. However, it does indicate that things will never be the same as they were before.
In I Corinthians 6:18 Paul writes,
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."
This verse indicates that there is something uniquely sinful about sexual sin. All sin is evil, but sexual sin carries a particular burden because the man sins against his own body. I do not know what all the ramifications of this verse are, but it seems to dovetail with the principle contained in our text. Fornication can be forgiven, but it will leave scars that can never be removed.
Stay pure. You will be sorry someday if you don't.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery