(#160) The Proverbs of Solomon 22:14-Free Sex, Or Dumb Ox?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 22:14: “The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.”

Solomon has already warned men not to listen to the overtures of “an immoral woman:” “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life-Her ways are unstable; You do not know them” (Proverbs 5:3-6); “With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks” (Proverbs 7:21-22). The words of Solomon, if heeded, would keep men far enough away from the “immoral woman” that he could not see nor hear her temptations: “Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house” (Proverbs 5:8). A woman who has no respect for a man’s soul or God’s rules for purity in marriage, misleads with her mouth, for she may be “loud and rebellious,” free with her kisses, and full of false promises (Proverbs 7:10-14). She is a “deep pit” for she can take a man down in sin further than he may be able to recover.  According to another proverb: “For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well. She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men” (Proverbs 23:27-28). The depiction of a “seductress” being a “narrow well” shows the difficulty, or the impossibility, of a man climbing out of the darkness into which he has fallen.

That she is aggressive (“lies in wait”) means that the man needs to be on the defensive, protecting himself against the Devil’s temptation. Men can sin in their hearts just by looking (Matthew 5:27-28), so women who dress provocatively are responsible for leading men astray in their thoughts. God teaches Christian women to be selective, sensitive, and serene in their choice of clothing: “in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10). Men are seduced by an “immoral woman” who aggressively promises freedom from guilt, indiscriminately kisses, dresses seductively, and gives sexual favors sinfully! Though society seems to build sympathy for indecent, ungodly, and immoral women, the “immoral woman” in the proverb is no victim, instead she  victimizes the man!

Those who please God will refuse such a temptation of the flesh, whether in person, screen, television, or magazine: “And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart is snares and nets, Whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by her” (Ecclesiastes 7:26).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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A Thought on Mercy

Here’s a thought that I’m going to work in during my sermon based within the context of Luke 7:36-50 (Simon the Pharisee and the woman sinner).

“If you owe someone 1,000$ and your neighbor owes 10,000$, and the note is due the next day, but you’re both out of work, who’s in trouble? – That’s why we’re all dependent upon the mercy of God through the Son of God who can pay off our notes through his blood.”

Read Luke’s account of what happened that day in a Pharisee’s house and the point becomes clear.

I thought you might be able to use it for a devotional thought or a sermon seed.

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #14

(#14) A Father’s Wisdom: Be Faithful In Marriage 5:1-23

Verses 1-2: The Thoughts

If a son ever needed this admonition to focus on a father’s “wisdom” heeded, “understanding” heard, “discretion” (good judgment) unharmed, “knowledge” kept, this is it.

Verses 3-6: The Temptation

“An immoral woman” is the “strange” one in Proverbs, or one who doesn’t respect the purity of marriage. Her loose “lips” sound sweet, “her mouth” slick as oil, but to listen to her and taste her is “bitter as wormwood,” one of the bitterest substances known to man. That she slices like a “two-edged sword” shows what kind of wounds to expect, cutting both ways. Her “feet” lead to “death,” both spiritual and the possibility of physical, as well. Her “steps” go to “hell.” Listening and letting her lead will end in pain and punishment. To even think about her “path of life” can make a man become “unstable,” and is an experience a married man should never “know.”

Verses 7-14: The Threat

“Children” involves young men who must listen to reason. Go out of your way to avoid such women, and do not go “near” her door, for it is your “honor” you’ll be giving up, your “years” of faithfulness in marriage “to the cruel one,” and “aliens” and “foreigners” will receive all your “wealth” you have worked for. In other words, every married man who is enticed by a “strange woman” is gambling away his whole livelihood, and future.

Verses 15-20: The Treasure

Your own “cistern” (tank for collecting drinking water) and your own “well” are safe water supplies and become ways of saying: “Don’t drink the water” of another woman. “Your fountains” would be your ability to make children who would not have Scriptural parentage, when your children should only be from you and your own wife. Satisfy “your fountain” only with your own “wife of your youth.” Since most men marry early in life, the safest sexual relationship anyone can have is to remain faithful in your commitment to your first love! Safe sex and deep love are bonds God has based a monogamous, heterosexual marriage relationship upon (Ephesians 5:22-33). “Rejoice” (be happy) with your own wife; view her as lovely and graceful as deer and a doe; “at all times” be “satisfied” with her “breasts” and no one else’s; “always be enraptured with her love,” never thinking any other should be equal or better. Be satisfied with your decision to marry her, always! How could you possibly “be enraptured” by “an immoral woman” whose arms are of “a seductress,” who leads to HELL? There is no good truth in an adultress!

Verses 21-23: The Terror

There is nothing hidden from God, certainly not adultery (Hebrews 4:13; 13:4). A man’s sins are his own trap. Adulterous men will die for their ignorance and in tremendous “folly” (worthlessness) “he shall go astray” (wander off like a drunkard). How wasted are men who dishonor their marriage vow!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs

(#7) God’s Wisdom Delivers From Perverse Teachers and Immoral Women 2:10-22

Verses 10-15: Those who have accepted wisdom, are pleased with knowledge, preserved by discretion (good judgment), kept (protected) by understanding, are prepared to ward off “evil.” “Evil” is described by the four phrases in verses 12-15:  (1) “Perverse” teaching. “Perverse” means “to turn or change a thing from its truthful meaning.” This is designed to misdirect and confuse a right-thinking person. (2) “Leave the paths of righteousness.” These are determined to go their own way. (3) “Walk in the ways of darkness.” Those who hide their sinful deeds either in the dark of night, or in the darkness of ignorance, do not please God.  (4) “Rejoice in doing evil.” Their pleasure is in what is wrong, not what is right. (5) “Delight in the perversity of the wicked.” Not only their own evil deeds, but have pleasure in others who are like them morally. (6) “Crooked,” and “devious” describe them, not “upright” and “truthful.”

What has been described is why youthful, inexperienced, ignorant, immature children have no business making their own decisions about life without parental guidance and The Word of God! Proverbs 2:10-15 have just described “the wrong crowd” for any good person, and, unfortunately, this “crowd” has descended into “religion,” as the Apostles of Jesus Christ described (1 Timothy 6:3-5; Jude 3-21), and has given it a bad reputation.

Verses 16-19: Since God created one woman for one man and brought her to that man to complete him, the terms for a married couple has been “the man and his wife” (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6, 9). That said, every woman is “strange” who seeks a sexual relationship with any man who is not her own husband. Sex before or outside of marriage is “fornication,” and sex with anyone already in a marriage relationship with another individual is “adultery” (Hebrews 13:4). The “immoral woman” is one who:

(1) “Flatters with her words.” This is “oily, slick” speech of a prostitute.

(2) “Forsakes the companion of her youth.” She carries no learned convictions from her childhood, nor appreciation of men since that time.

(3) “Forgets the covenant of her God.” She has irreverence for God and His pattern for marriage, and is willing to put this out of her mind altogether.

(4) “Her house leads down to death.” Disease, affliction, pain and sorrow are inside, not a pleasant future.

(5) “Her paths to the dead.” All roads lead to her “cemetery.” How can anyone having sex with her say, “Man, that’s living?”

(6) It’s a one-way street, meaning once she seduces, it plants the seeds of discontent, desire, and destruction in a heart, that seldom can recover. “The paths of life” that are not recovered involve the life of health, happiness, honesty, and heaven. Fornicators and adulterers have violated their bodies and souls (1 Corinthians 6:15-19), and while not impossible, repentance and recovery is very difficult.

Verses 20-22: Teach the prior judgment of God, and the wise will be warned and advised of conduct to be avoided. God’s Wisdom shows the way of “goodness,” “righteousness” which the “upright” and “blameless” will follow. Rejecting that Wisdom is for the “wicked” that shall be “cut off from the earth,” and the “unfaithful” are to be “uprooted from it.”

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