As the wise man continued his warnings to his son, he addressed the dangers of binding oneself for the debts of another. Many friendships and family relationships have been destroyed because of debt defaults of friends and family members. He also advised against laziness. The animal world teaches the value of working to provide for one’s present and future needs. “Go to the ant you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise…” Some individuals thrive on causing trouble and hard feelings among other people. Solomon listed seven things that the Lord hates. All of them deal with keeping healthy relationships with our fellowman. Theft is a serious offence in the eyes of God and man, whether it is the theft of a man’s wife or personal possessions. Untold harm has been caused by man’s unfaithfulness to the vows of marriage. Destroyed homes, poverty, broken hearts and disrupted churches have resulted from brief adulterous relationships. “Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?”
The father continued to urge his son to embrace wisdom as a near relative. He also continued his warning to flee from the enticements of evil women. The young are especially vulnerable to the temptations of the flesh. However, Solomon’s warning applies to all ages as men can be easily enticed by seductive and flattering lips. Sin in general uses that same glamorous appeal to cause the downfall and ultimate destruction of unsuspecting individuals.