Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 5

Posted: January 5, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 5 – Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

 

Avoid Seduction

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
listen closely[a] to my understanding
so that you may maintain discretion
and your lips safeguard knowledge.
Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey
and her words are[b] smoother than oil,
in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood
and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
her steps head straight for Sheol.
She doesn’t consider the path of life;
she doesn’t know that her ways are unstable.

So now, my sons, listen to me,
and don’t turn away from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her.
Don’t go near the door of her house.
Otherwise, you will give up your vitality to others
and your years to someone cruel;
10 strangers will drain your resources,
and your earnings will end up in a foreigner’s house.
11 At the end of your life, you will lament
when your physical body has been consumed,
12 and you will say, “How I hated discipline,
and how my heart despised correction.
13 I didn’t obey my teachers
or listen closely[c] to my mentors.
14 I am on the verge of complete ruin
before the entire community.”

Enjoy Marriage

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
water flowing from your own well.
16 Should your springs flow in the streets,
streams of water in the public squares?
17 They should be for you alone
and not for you to share with strangers.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful fawn—
let her breasts always satisfy you;
be lost in her love forever.
20 Why, my son, would you be infatuated
with a forbidden woman
or embrace the breast of a stranger?
21 For a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes,
and He considers all his paths.
22 A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him;
he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.
23 He will die because there is no discipline,
and be lost because of his great stupidity.

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 5:1 Lit wisdom; stretch out your ear
  2. Proverbs 5:3 Lit her palate is
  3. Proverbs 5:13 Lit or turn my ear

My Thoughts

OK, I have to admit, know what I know about how Solomon’s life went my first thought is “hmmmm”.

I think verses 7 – 14 are a great reminder to men about the importance of staying faithful and – honestly to wives too – but as I think of all the other ways we can be tempted and disobey God there are so many other applications for these verses.

I am sure God never saw that coming, right?

Having said all that, verses 1 – 6 really could be applied to more than just sexual sin – though the heading is “Avoid Seduction” it does not differentiate what constitutes said seduction does it?

Again, sure God never saw that coming either.

I didn’t really bring much to the table today – I hope you have something..you do? Greta! Let’s talk about it.
Comments
  1. Sharon says:

    Great series, Mick. Really enjoying your thoughts.

    I saw something in verse 2: “…so that you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.”

    I think a *seduction* for people – maybe especially women – is the temptation to gossip. We seem to have a need to be in the middle of everything. I think it’s because we’re so relationship-oriented. And of course, the enemy will pervert any good thing. I have often heard gossip “disguised” as a prayer request. “Oh, we really need to pray for ______, did you know that…”

    So, in these verses, I can see the seduction of gossip. In our speech about others we need to “maintain discretion” – being very careful to refrain from spreading rumors, untruths, or even passing on truth that shouldn’t be passed on. And, we need to “safeguard knowledge” – again, keeping our mouths shut, especially when we’ve been told something in confidence.

    Just my input today!

    GOD BLESS!

    • mickholt says:

      Sharon,
      Those are excellent points. I had not looked at “gossip” in that context. It’s a challenge for all of us and I think a bit unfairly associated with women – but I see what you mean about how “relational” you all are.
      Also, never thought about the “gossip ‘disguised’ as a prayer request” – so true and I know even WE men do that!
      Thanks for your input – I appreciate your time.

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