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Proverbs 7:10-18


10   And behold, the woman meets him,
    dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.1
11   She is loud and wayward;
    her feet do not stay at home;
12   now in the street, now in the market,
    and at every corner she lies in wait.
13   She seizes him and kisses him,
    and with bold face she says to him,
14   “I had to offer sacrifices,2
    and today I have paid my vows;
15   so now I have come out to meet you,
    to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16   I have spread my couch with coverings,
    colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17   I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
    aloes, and cinnamon.
18   Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
    let us delight ourselves with love.

Footnotes

[1] 7:10 Hebrew guarded in heart

[2] 7:14 Hebrew peace offerings

(ESV)

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Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7:6-9


  For at the window of my house
    I have looked out through my lattice,
  and I have seen among the simple,
    I have perceived among the youths,
    a young man lacking sense,
  passing along the street near her corner,
    taking the road to her house
  in the twilight, in the evening,
    at the time of night and darkness.

(ESV)

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Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7:1-5

Warning Against the Adulteress


7:1   My son, keep my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you;
  keep my commandments and live;
    keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
  bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
  Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and call insight your intimate friend,
  to keep you from the forbidden1 woman,
    from the adulteress2 with her smooth words.

Footnotes

[1] 7:5 Hebrew strange

[2] 7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman

(ESV)

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Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7

Warning Against the Adulteress


7:1   My son, keep my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you;
  keep my commandments and live;
    keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
  bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
  Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and call insight your intimate friend,
  to keep you from the forbidden1 woman,
    from the adulteress2 with her smooth words.


  For at the window of my house
    I have looked out through my lattice,
  and I have seen among the simple,
    I have perceived among the youths,
    a young man lacking sense,
  passing along the street near her corner,
    taking the road to her house
  in the twilight, in the evening,
    at the time of night and darkness.


10   And behold, the woman meets him,
    dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.3
11   She is loud and wayward;
    her feet do not stay at home;
12   now in the street, now in the market,
    and at every corner she lies in wait.
13   She seizes him and kisses him,
    and with bold face she says to him,
14   “I had to offer sacrifices,4
    and today I have paid my vows;
15   so now I have come out to meet you,
    to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16   I have spread my couch with coverings,
    colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17   I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
    aloes, and cinnamon.
18   Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
    let us delight ourselves with love.
19   For my husband is not at home;
    he has gone on a long journey;
20   he took a bag of money with him;
    at full moon he will come home.”


21   With much seductive speech she persuades him;
    with her smooth talk she compels him.
22   All at once he follows her,
    as an ox goes to the slaughter,
  or as a stag is caught fast5
23     till an arrow pierces its liver;
  as a bird rushes into a snare;
    he does not know that it will cost him his life.


24   And now, O sons, listen to me,
    and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25   Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
    do not stray into her paths,
26   for many a victim has she laid low,
    and all her slain are a mighty throng.
27   Her house is the way to Sheol,
    going down to the chambers of death.

Footnotes

[1] 7:5 Hebrew strange

[2] 7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman

[3] 7:10 Hebrew guarded in heart

[4] 7:14 Hebrew peace offerings

[5] 7:22 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac); Hebrew as a chain to discipline a fool

(ESV)

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Proverbs 6 (5-1-21)

Grab your bibles and let’s go deeper into Proverbs 6.

Read again: Proverbs 6:1-8

Verses 1-8 are most pointedly a charge to work hard. We are in a battle in this world and in this time. We are strangers in this land, and we are among a people to whom we do not belong as Christians. We will have to work hard to avoid the temptations of the evil one and to avoid the entrapment of self-seeking neighbors. We will need to wake early and go to work—even when we don’t have to and even when we are not being told. We will need to make the most of every minute God gives us under the sun to steward well what He has entrusted to us.

Read again: Proverbs 6:9-15

Then in verse 9-15, he calls the lazy man what he is: a sluggard who selfishly and lazily slides into a mode of poor stewardship. It is the man who has succumbed to the ides of retirement; he works until he retires and then he does nothing. It’s the man who is on disability or unemployment and uses that free time to do nothing eternally useful. We do not retire from the work God has called us to do in this life until He says this life is over. Even from a hospital bed, you can minister and disciple. Even from home, you can volunteer for kingdom work.

Let us not be ones who make excuses and deceive others, for poverty and calamity will come upon us and wreck us. Beyond the warnings of calamity, let us be mindful of the teachings of Jesus who spoke in parables of condemnation for those who were poor stewards with what they were entrusted. It is God for whom we are ultimately working and living. Even when there is nothing else for which to work nor anyone else for whom to live, there is God almighty.

God is not giving you another day on earth, even in a broken physical state, for no reason. He has an eternal purpose for giving you another day or another ten years. Let us trust Him in this. Let us wake each day and press on to win the prize, to tend to the harvest, and to make disciples who go unto the nations. We do this not to build ourselves a retirement nor a good life but to make much of His holy name! What do you need to repent of doing lazily or passively? What excuses have you been making lately? How do you need to rewire the days God gives you under the sun to be used better for Him, to work hard, and to obey His commands on your life? Who do you need to talk to so that you can have some accountability in these things?

Read again: Proverbs 6:16-19

In verse 16, Solomon says, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him.”

Then in verses 17-19 he lists them:

  1. Haughty eyes
  2. A lying tongue
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood
  4. A heart that devises wicked plans
  5. Feet that make haste to run to evil
  6. A false witness who breathes out lies
  7. One who sows discord among brothers

Take a few moments and really meditate on these seven things that God hates. Don’t be so quick to dismiss them as being something with which you do not struggle. Are there some that you do practice or with which you struggle? Recognize that the redeemed should have no dealings with these things and should surely have no practice of them. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is now within you and empowering you to not only avoid such things but to have a God-given desire to honor Him by not doing them. Now, will we still get caught up in sin? Yes, but none of these should be a regular practice nor an undealt-with reality. So, what are you doing to make war with these things?

Let us have nothing to do with them. Let us follow Christ and point to God in all we do and say, no matter the cost or consequence.

Read again: Proverbs 6:20-23

I have found over the years that these are some of the very best words of counsel to anyone who is young and under their parents’ God-given authority. We are so smart in our youth. We are so longing to cut free from what God has determined is best: to be under the authority of our parents. Our sin wants to rule our own lives. This plays out differently for the toddler than it does the teenager, but the sin of rebellion is still the same. Instead, Solomon says, bind them to you! In other words, hold fast to their counsel and teachings. They will be a lamp to you in life. The discipline you receive is for your good.

I would say this same counsel also applies to the authority of pastors and elders whom God has put over us as the church. All too often we want to rule our lives on our own, but even as adults we are under authority, and it is counted by God as good for us to have counsel and teachings from those whom He has put over us. Do you see your pastors and elders this way?

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Read again: Proverbs 6:24-35

Underneath the umbrella of listening to our parents’ teachings, Solomon turns again to the specific instruction regarding the temptation of sexual immorality. The consequences of adultery are life-wrecking. The ways in which sexual sin tears us apart are so very real. Avoid it. Run from it. Do not be swept up in the eyelashes or the look of a seductive woman. Look away. Run away. It will literally save your physical life.

May God be honored in our lives lived out for Him in all we do. Praying for you.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Joshua Kirstine

Disciples Church