Solomon sets out on the difficult task of helping his son (in essence all you people), to see that marriage is a beautiful arrangement, while a life of immorality will only bring pain and difficulty, if not death. The reality is quite simple, if we heed his counsel, we will live. On the other hand, if we ignore his counsel, we will die. While one may get by with a life of immorality and not contract a sexually transmitted disease that contributes to an early death, they will not receive everlasting life, so they are just the walking dead because that is their eventuality.
Receive My Words and Live
Proverbs 7:1-2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
My son, keep my words: Once again, Solomon opens his writings with a plea to his son, to heed his words and live. Three times in verses 1-2, Solomon uses the imperative verb keep (šā·mǎr), which is an exhortation or a command for the son to conform his actions to the wise words of his father.
And treasure up my commandments with you: Here commandment (miṣ·wā(h)) is an authoritative direction or instruction, given as a prescription from the father with the authority or power to the son under his authority or control within the family. – 1 Samuel 13:13; 1 Ki 2:43.
Keep my commandments and live: Only by heeding the father’s exhortation to keep his instruction can the son hope to have life and live (Heb. ḥā·yā(h)).
Keep my teachings as the pupil of your eye: The Hebrew word (ʾî·šôn) pupil when used with (ʿǎ·yin) eye, it literally means little man. (Deut. 32:10) The reference is clearly to the tiny reflected image of yourself that you can see in that black center of another’s eye. Similarly, (bǎṯ) daughter is used at Lamentations 2:18 and literally means “daughter of the eye,” a term of endearment. Both expressions are referring to the pupil. The two are combined for emphasis at Psalm 17:8 (ʾî·šôn bǎṯ–ʿǎ·yin), which literally means “little man, daughter of the eye.” The expression pupil of your eye is referring to something precious. In other words, the son needs to keep the laws or teachings of the father as something precious in his eyes.
The importance of this message is to be guarded, to be treasured, and to be kept. The warning here is not just an exhortation it is a command. It is the father, who has been assigned by God to teach God’s Word to the children of the family, with the assistance of the wife. Jehovah commanded the Israelite men “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deut. 6:6-7) This is carried over into the New Testament, where Paul stated, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4) Yes, the father is charged with regularly, daily instructing his children in the Word of God, to get it down into the heart. The mother is to assist in this task as well, as Solomon spoke of “your mother’s teaching,” namely, the “law of your mother.” – Proverbs 1:8; 6:20
The eye is a very precious organ of sight that is very sensitive to touch. If you have ever experienced even a small speck of dust in your eye, it can be extremely painful, irritating, and cause damage if left in. The cornea is the transparent membrane that covers the pupil and iris of the eye, which needs to be protected and cared for because if for some reason it is damaged or gets diseased, this will result in distorted vision, even blindness. The pupil of the eye is “deeply entrenched in the skull, ramparted with the forehead and cheekbones, defended by the eyebrows, eyelids, and eyelashes, and placed so as to be best protected by the hands.” Hence, Solomon with a metaphorical expression uses “the pupil of your eye” in speaking of that, which is to be protected with the greatest concern. The same holds true of the counsel, the commands given here in Proverbs chapter 7.
Taking In the Life Sustaining Knowledge
Proverbs 7:3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Bind them on your fingers: If we recall from Proverbs 3:3, the learner was instructed to “bind them [the teachings] around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.” The fingers (Heb. ʾěṣ·bǎʿ) of our hands are ever before our eyes, doing the vital work that sustains us. Similarly, the Word of God should have been before our eyes as we grew as a child, or came to God as an adult, taking in the life-sustaining knowledge, acquiring wisdom, which serves as a constant reminder in the way that we should walk. Wisdom if worn by the servant of God as an accessory like a ring on our finger, it will make us more attractive to the Creator and to others who see us. It is a witness in and of itself.
Write them on the tablet of your heart: These teachings were/are to be inscribed ‘on the tablet of our heart,’ to become the very nature of who we are so that we can apply them in our lives with ease. The teachings of God’s Word, we are to make them a part of who we are as a person. The biblical lessons learned from Scriptural training or the gaining of Bible knowledge either through personal Bible study or in the Christian congregation are to be a continual reminder and guide us in everything that we do. We are to write them upon the tablet of our heart, making them the very part of our nature.
In the ancient world, writing was often done on tablets. While in Mesopotamia writing tablets were normally made of clay, in the Old Testament the term probably refers to wooden boards covered with wax, though the Ten Commandments were written on two stone tablets (Ex. 24:12). The metaphor of the heart as a tablet (not a tablet worn on a cord over the heart, as some would have it) on which one writes the law, of course, points to an internalization of God’s commands in one’s life, so that not only one’s actions but also one’s motives are pure (see also Prov. 7:3; Jer. 31:33). The only other place where writing on the heart is specifically mentioned is Jeremiah 17:1, where Judah is said to have written sin on their hearts.
Love Wisdom Instead of an Immoral Woman
Proverbs 7:4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”: In the Hebrew Old Testament sister was often used as a term of endearment in reference to a wife or lover. On this John H Walton writes, “The reference to Woman Wisdom as ‘sister’ must be understood in the context of ancient Near Eastern and biblical love poetry (‘my sister, my bride,’ Song 4:9), where the ‘sister’ is actually the beloved. In other words, the father encourages his son to make Woman Wisdom his lover, his wife.”
And call understanding one who is known: The Hebrew (Heb. bî·nā(h)) term for understanding can also be rendered insight. Understanding (Heb. teḇû·nā(h)) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. – Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15.
Insight (Heb. bî·nā(h)) is the ability to see into a situation. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, but there is a fine distinction between the two terms. Says the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: “While bin [understanding] indicates ‘distinguishing between,’ [sa·khal′] relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason. There is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in a wise dealing and use of good practical common sense. Another end result is the emphasis upon being successful.” – Psa. 14:12; Edited by R. L. Harris, 1980, Vol. 2, p. 877
Godly wisdom is having good sense, the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on Bible knowledge and your biblically trained conscience. “In Old Testament culture, sister was a term of endearment for a wife or lover (Song 4:9-10, 12; 5:1-2).” Thus, the son is presented with the option of loving two different women: the wife personified as wisdom or the adulteress. Insight for a person of God specifically, is the ability to see clearly and biblically into the nature of an issue, situation, or matter.
A Naive Young Man Must Choose His Path
Proverbs 7:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 to keep you from a strange woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words.
To keep you from a strange woman: The wise words of the father, his commandment if understood and applied should keep the son from a strange woman or wayward woman. Here the strange woman (Heb. zā·rā(h)) (2:16; 5:3) is referring to those who set aside what was in harmony with the Mosaic Law and thus distanced and estrange themselves from God. Therefore, the immoral sensual woman (prostitute) was not necessarily a foreigner. “The strange woman,” the prostitute, is described as one “who forsakes the companion of her youth” (2:17), which is referring to the husband of her young womanhood. She has ignored and disregarded the prohibition on adultery that was a part of the covenant of her God, the Mosaic Law covenant. – Exodus 20:14; Jeremiah 2:25; 3:13.
From the adulteress with her smooth words: The father is now moving into his cautionary account of a naive young son seduced by the wiles of an adulteress woman and his own sinful nature. Her smooth (Heb. ḥā·lǎq) words, as you will recall from 5:3, are smoother than oil, they are flattering and seductive, as well as deceitful.
Why is it extremely important that the son develop the teachings of the father (God’s Word) and an intimate relationship with wisdom? This will enable the son to dismiss and bypass the seduction of the adulteress. If he chooses to ignore the counsel of his father, her words to him are going to be so smooth and flattering that he will be unable to see the trail leading to her house of death. However, if he chooses to heed his father’s counsel, it will especially help him to sidestep the pitfalls of sexual immorality.
A Young Man Lacking Good Sense
Proverbs 7:6-7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice,
7 and I saw among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man in want of heart,
The time of day was just after sunset, the sun had just dropped below the horizon. Solomon was standing in a room of his home, looking out to a street below. The streets are filled with the darkness of the night. He takes notice of a young man heading down the street below.
For at the window of my house: Here the window (Heb. ḥǎl·lôn) of his house is not to be confused with the glass window of today but rather it was simply an opening in a wall on a roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor, which may have been covered with vines growing over a trellis, meaning that Solomon could look out at the people below but he himself could not be seen by them.
I looked out through my lattice: A lattice (Heb. ʾěš·nāḇ) window is a structure with an air hole in a wall consisting of strips of wood or metal crossed and fastened together covering the hole, in some decorative pattern, which still allowed some to see through it.
And I saw among the simple: Here the Hebrew word (pě·ṯî) rendered simple is a translation of the same word from 1:4, which is referring to someone who is easily deceived or persuaded because they lack common sense, showing a lack of wisdom and understanding, yet not beyond the capacity to make changes.
I have perceived among the youths: Here youths (banim) is simply referring to young men.
A young man in want of heart: This young man facing an adulterous situation is in want of heart (lacked heart), as he is inexperienced, lacking good sense and wisdom, lacking good judgment or discernment, so as to avoid the danger that lies ahead.
As the onset of nightfall arrives, the darkness of the night spills into the streets. Solomon catches sight of a young man who is especially in need of protection because he is vulnerable. He is having little knowledge or experience into the situation that he has placed himself. There is little doubt, he knows very well the type of neighborhood he has entered and what goes on there. However, he likely sees the immediate gratification in this one moment of time, not the full ramifications of what seems like nothing more than a good time.
The Young Man Lacks Wisdom and Insight
Proverbs 7:8-9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 passing along the street near her corner,
and he takes the road to her house,
9 in the twilight, in the evening of the day,
at the midst of night and darkness.
Passing along the street near her corner: We are given suggestive information that the young man has passed this way before or he at least has knowledge of who lies ahead. Solomon gives us this sense partly from his walking in that he says he is passing along the street near the corner, which is suggestive of directions that infers a certain place. When you reference a corner and a street, it suggests directions. The next line will add to this and verse 15 will show us that they knew one another.
And he takes the road to her house: Here the Hebrew verb taking (tsaad) has the sense “to stride,” which means “to step (walk); to march.” This too adds to our suggesting that the young man knew where he was going. Her house is referring back to the strange woman or wayward, adulterous, seductive woman of verse 5.
In the twilight, in the evening of the day: The Hebrew word (nesheph) rendered twilight has two meanings: dusk, the time at the end of the day but just before dark and dawn, the time at the end of the night, just before daylight. The context here is obvious right before the darkness of night, dusk.
At the midst of night and darkness: The RSV and the ESV try to deal with what they perceive to be a conflict between the first and second line of verse 9 by rendering the second line of verse 9 as “at the time of night and darkness.” Here Solomon is building our interest in the adulteress account in that he tells us that as the man walking in the twilight, the night of darkness is upon him. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word rendered time (ishon) literally means “the pupil (of the eye).” It is the black middle or center of the eye, which suggests a middle time, that is, the middle of the night. However, there is no real conflict from one line to the next here, as Solomon is simply building the story and, in the poetic, moving from one thought of twilight to another thought of middle of the night, this is quite normal in Hebrew parallelism.
The young man is in danger, because he lacks wisdom and insight, possibly not fully realizing the end consequences of what part of town he has entered, or maybe he does. Because of Solomon’s wisdom, he was able to see the outcome, knowing the young man did not have a chance. Solomon watches intently as the young man nears the strange woman’s corner, entering the road to her house. He is deliberately ambiguous as to whether the young man is purposely heading to her house, or simply passing through. It is like he is leaving bread crumbs to the listener or reader of the account, so as to not step on the part of the story that lies ahead.
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Temptation In Plain Sight Yet Hidden from the Foolishly Blind
Proverbs 7:10-12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 And look, a woman comes to meet him,
dressed as a prostitute, and guarded in heart.
11 She is loud and rebellious;
her feet do not stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the square,
and at every corner she lies in wait.
And look, a woman comes to meet him: The Hebrew here for woman is just that an adult female. Of course, this is the same wayward woman that has been a part of the account all along. She and the young man have come to meet in the darkness of night, which now assures of our earlier suspicions that they know each other, and this young man had passed this way before or he at least has knowledge of the wayward woman who was to meet him.
Dressed as a prostitute, and guarded in heart: Well, the language is becoming more plain (clearer) and more obvious. Guarded in heart or secret of heart means that she is skilled at being deceitful, very cunning or crafty. The Hebrew term (natsar) means that she is evil and causes much damage by her deceptive, secretive, underhanded ways.
She is loud and rebellious: Her becoming loud (Heb. hemmah) and animated in speech and manner is likely a deflection from her wayward ways. Her being rebellious or wayward means that she is stubbornly refusing to change her ways. She was a wayward woman with a spirit of independence, who had no respect in her rebelliousness for God and her husband.
Her feet do not stay at home: This is a poetic way of saying that she does not stay at home. She was constantly roaming the streets looking for new lovers.
Now in the street, now in the square: This now … now is telling us that same as the previous line, she is never home. One moment she is in the street, the next moment she is in the public square (the central part of a city where people meet, and local activities took place), looking for her next lover.
And at every corner she lies in wait: The expression lies in wait is a military saying, which refers to setting an ambush so as to capture one’s prey, bringing them much harm.
The young man is now introduced to the strange woman and her character. We get the sense immediately that her manner is alluring, as she is dressed like a prostitute. While her close gives everything away, the text says she is guarded in heart (cunning of heart), meaning that she has a hidden agenda, secretive, crafty and deceitful. She moves about loudly and stubbornly, looking for the next lover, in the street, in the public square, lying-in-wait at every street corner for her prey, seeking someone just like this young man. This wayward woman’s loud seductive behavior in the public square evidences her immodesty.
Steps That Lead to Immorality
Proverbs 7:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bold face she says to him,
She seizes him and kisses him: The Hebrew for seizes is simply that she took hold of him, while the Hebrew for kissing (nashaq) him is not as one does in greeting another in all other occurrences, but rather here and Song of Solomon 1:2 and 8:1, it has a sexual significance.
And with bold face she says to him: This literally says that She makes bold her face and says, while others say it is literally she makes her face strong and says. In essence, what is meant by her putting on a bold or strong face is that she has no shame, nor does she have any regret for her adulterous, temptress behavior.
We must understand that there are stages to every temptation. First, it enters the mind, meaning we can dismiss it and rationalize the repercussions of such thinking; this is not the difficult stage. Second, there is the entertaining and cultivating the thought(s), which has the ability to affect us emotionally, mentally and physically. When this goes on too long, it can become very difficult to turn back. Third, there is the initial commitment, like the young man choosing the street to go down where he knows the prostitute will be. He can turn back still, but the train of emotions is moving, and it is far more difficult to bring the sensations to a halt. Fourth, there is the entering the lion’s den, where he is actively involved, as the prey of his own sinful nature. At this point, she is touching him, kissing him with her smooth lips, the scent of her perfume, so every sensation has taken hold of him. The possibility of turning back is near impossible. Regardless of the inappropriate desire, there are stages that make it even more difficult to turn back.
Seeing Empty Deceptive Words for What They Are
Proverbs 7:14 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
14 “I had to offer peace offerings,
and today I have paid my vows;
I had to offer peace offerings: Here statement of offering the peace offering is her way of hinting that she did not lack spirituality. The peace offerings set forth in Leviticus 7:11–17; 19:5-6; 22:21; Numbers 15:8-10 consisted of meat, flour, oil, and wine. Therefore, she was deceptively inferring that there was much to eat and drink at her house and that the young man in want of heart (6:7) was certain to have a good time. She knew that he is inexperienced, lacking good sense and wisdom, lacking good judgment or discernment, so he would not see the danger in her seductive ways or her words.
And today I have paid my vows: The vow offering, which is voluntary, is associated with the making of a vow (promises) to God or to perform some act, to make some offering, enter into some action of helping or doing work, or to refrain from certain things not unlawful in themselves until such time as he had been able to attain a certain goal, with the help of God. According to Leviticus 7:16, “if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow offering or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what remains of it shall be eaten.” This is characteristic of just how a wrongly motivated person can be guided into immorality.
The wayward woman’s words are carefully chosen, and suggestive to the Israelite mind. This might seem very strange coming from the voice of a prostitute, (1) maybe suggesting that she is a devout woman, who is ceremonially clean. (2) It is suggestive of her cleanness after her menstruation cycle. (3) Rather she could be simply urging him to join her in a meal of the meat and wine left over from her peace offering, as the one offering the sacrifices get to take part of the offering home. (Lev. 19:5, 6; 22:21; Num. 15:8-10) Regardless, she has touched this young man’s senses, taking him to a whole other level of danger, with her smooth voice, and her suggestive comments. Old Testament Bible scholar, John Walton says,
It is best to understand the offerings in the light of Leviticus 3 and 7:11–21. The fellowship offering emphasizes communion between the worshiper and God as well as with fellow worshipers. The meat must be eaten on the same day as the sacrifice. Thus, the woman is trying to entice the man not only with her body but with a delicious meal. But her acts just accentuate the sinfulness of her acts, adding the misuse of holy things (the sacrifice) to adultery.
Often, as we spoke of in verse 13, there are stages that we can identify that lead to immorality. Each stage that we take makes it increasingly difficult for us to turn back.
Proverbs 7:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 So I have come out to meet you,
to seek your face, and I have found you.
So I have come out to meet you: You will recall from 7:5, the father stated: “to keep you from a strange woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.” Now we see the beginning of her smooth words in that she begins her flattery of inferring that it is him alone that she seeks, no other.
To seek your face, and I have found you: Here again, the literal seek your face, is a wayward woman with flattering words, as it means “to seek you eagerly,” as she eagerly seeks him alone, to know him. The sense of found you is more than a mere encountering him but rather a searching out for him alone. These words suggest even more that they have met before and her excited words for him may very well be believable to him.
When lust has the better of this young man, his thinking ability is not registering her unbelievable, misleading words. Unquestionably, she did not come out of her house, to meet this young man specifically, as if he was special to her, to seek his face, it is a sham. Only a foolish person, moved by intense emotions, would believe such words.
Seducing the Senses
Proverbs 7:16-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
16 I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17 I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
I have spread my couch with coverings: The Hebrew verb (rabad) is found only here on the Hebrew Old Testament, which means to spread over or cover. This seductress is clearly a woman of great wealth, as the items from verses 16 and 17 are all exported goods. The Hebrew word rendered couch (eres) can refer to a wooden pallet on the floor in the home the common people. However, here the term couch shows evidence of her wealth when it is considered with the rest of the items, which is used for both resting and sleeping and is found only in the homes of wealthy people.
Colored linens from Egyptian linen: There is an extra cost in adding color in the manufacturing of these linens, for it is an additional step in the process. Here the temptress is flaunting her wealth and uses the bright colors in an attempt at seducing this man into her bedchamber.
I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh: Here the Hebrew verb (nuph) rendered sprinkled means that she perfumed her bed. Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin obtained from various thorny shrubs or small trees and is one of the ingredients for the holy anointing oil. (Ex. 30:23-25) It was highly valued for its fragrance. it was used to scent garments, beds, and other items. (See Ps 45:8; Prov. 7:17; Song of Solomon 3:6-7) It was often used with other spices like those below to cause sexual excitement.
aloes, and cinnamon: These spices, including the myrrh, were also used for lovemaking and believed to possess a stimulant that causes sexual desires. (See Song of Solomon 4:6) The seductress is describing these spices in order to entice the young man into having sexual relations with her. The adulteress uses these pleasant foreign sweet-smelling fragrances to transform her bedchamber into a striking colorful eye-catching, perfumed, desirable trap.
She offers the young man more visuals, giving him images to motivate him to enter her home. Her revealing clothing has moved this young man along with the sensual sound of her pleasing words, in addition to the touch of her embrace, as well as the taste of her smooth lips, on top of the scent of her perfume. This is a train wreck just waiting to happen. It is now all too clear to the young man that he is going into her home for a sexual experience. In the imperfect human condition, our senses can be used against us by Satan’s world that caters to the flesh. Wrong desires are gratifying to us in this condition. Just as the scent of a meal can contribute to a physical (salivating and hunger pains), mental (thinking on) and emotional reaction (desiring) from us; so too a young man can lose his self-control in a sexual frenzy and go after a prostitute.
Reviewing once more, this young man did not reach this sexual frenzy stage all at once; it came in the stages that we spoke of earlier. Now, let us talk about the initial steps involved (1) entertaining the thinking that moved him to (2) walking on her street at night, (3) permitting her to kiss him, and (4) paying attention to her immoral offers. As he entered each of these steps, it became far more difficult to turn back. He should have dismissed the thinking at step one (James 1:14-15), before he ever found himself on her street. Even then, once he was walking down her street, he needed to stop, and turn back. – Galatians 5:22-23.
The Seductive Invitation
Proverbs 7:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
18 Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning: Here drink our fill means to take our fill or to fully experience our lovemaking as much as possible. The Hebrew noun rendered love (dod) is in the plural form here and in the second line are used in the Old Testament only in a sexual sense and refer to sexual intercourse between two people. The context here is an immoral sexual contact. Until morning has the sense of all night long.
Let us delight ourselves with love: The Hebrew rendered delight (alas) means to enjoy, to take pleasure in each other with lovemaking all night.
The strange woman ends her offer with a night filled with lovemaking. How many young ones have fallen to these types of exploits today? When someone is trying to entice you into sexual misconduct, it is not loving within the lovemaking, but rather it is selfish lust. Would a man or a woman who truly loves someone pressure them into violating their Christian values?
My Husband Is Gone!
Proverbs 7:19-20 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
Because the man is not in his house: This can be rendered “my husband is not at home.” All along the wayward woman has been trying to seduce this young man with her body language and her choice of the right words. So, her choice of saying the man in place of “my man” is just her way of distancing herself from the concept of her having a husband in her continued efforts to encourage the young man. When translations avoid the literal translation because it sounds wooden or peculiar; they, also deprive the reader of protentional meaning.
He has gone on the road far off: The literal rendering on the road far off means a long journey. This is her clearly trying to relieve the young man of any fear of their being caught by an enraged husband.
He took a bag of silver in his hand: This would likely have not been minted coins, namely, manufactured coins of specified values using a kind of stamping, but rather he likely took bulk silver, which would have to have been weighed, signaling that the man took lots of money for purchasing purposes, inferring that he will be away for a long time.
At full moon he will come home: Yet, another inference, full moon (kese or keseh), suggesting that the man (her husband) was going to be away for a long time. She is basically saying they, “he will not be back until the first of the month.” Remember, verse 9 of chapter 7 said, “at the midst of night and darkness,” which can refer to the new moon, some two weeks before the full moon. The full moon is the brightest phase of the moon in the lunar month while the new moon is the darkest.
Maybe she sees a fear in the young man’s heart, the only thing causing him pause, so she moves to remove his concerns of being caught, telling him that her husband is off “on a long journey,” and will not be back for many days, per the reference to taking a big bag of money with him. Therefore, he needs not fear any consequences for this night of endless pleasure will bring.
Proverbs 7:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
21 She persuades him with much seductive words;
with her smooth lips she compels him.
She persuades him with much seductive words: The Hebrew word for persuade (natah) means to bend or turn aside, namely, to cause someone to wander from a proper belief or behavior, conduct, course of action. The wayward woman is persuading this young man to turn aside from his values by her seductive words to engage in an adulterous immoral behavior. Here the Hebrew word (leqach) for seductive words is referring to persuasive words. Words that have the power to change one’s mind through persuasion, which in turn can change one’s feeling and behavior as well. Leqach, the art of persuasion, can be used for good or bad. In Proverbs 1:5 it is used for learning and in 4:2, it is used for good teaching, and here in 7:21 it is being used for an alluring, tempting, seducing, enticing, encouraging the adulterous immoral behavior.
With her smooth lips she compels him:
Her smooth (Heb. ḥā·lǎq) words of 7:5, as you will also recall from 5:3, are smoother than oil, they are flattering and seductive, as well as deceitful, are now being referred to as smooth lips (cheleq), which is a figure of speech used to stand for what she is saying. This is excessive insincere flattery. This is a manner of speaking that contains content that is designed to persuade, which in this context, it is sexually suggestive or rather seductive words. The Hebrew word (nadach) means that she is using forceful pressure to entice, so as to turn the young man way from what is right.
How gifted she is at enticing, charming, mesmerizing this young man. He has been caught in her seductive words, her smooth words have finally gotten her the results she so desired. The idea of being loved no doubt sounded very good to him. Yet, in reality, the prostitute has misled him by the abundance of her persuasive seductive words. No, she had no actual love for this young man; but rather he was purely a customer. She exploited him to her own selfish desires.
Proverbs 7:22-23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 Suddenly he goes after her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
like a fool to be punished in the fetters
23 till an arrow pierces its liver;
as a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his soul.
Suddenly he goes after her: Here suddenly (Heb. pithom) might suggest that the young man was hesitant until the wayward woman’s seductive words in verse 20-21.
As an ox goes to the slaughter: An ox is an adult, castrated male cattle. Slaughter is when animals are killed for food. Here the simile here is that the animal is oblivious (unaware or ignorant) to the idea that he is about to be killed and eaten. This is true of the young man as well, who is oblivious to the idea of the pain and suffering of the consequences that are coming.
Like a fool to be punished in the fetters: This young man has been caught by the seductive, deceptive words of this wayward woman and he will be paying the consequences, as there is no escaping them.
Till an arrow pierces its liver: Syphilis is a serious sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirally twisted bacterium Treponema pallidum that affects many body organs (liver) and parts, including the genitals, brain, skin, and nervous tissue. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The young man has been and is so naïve to the dangers of the trap that has been set before him.
As a bird rushes into a snare: Here the Hebrew word rendered rush (mahir) means that this impetuous, hurried, rash young man with no wisdom or sense is about to suddenly enter into the trap that has been laid before him. He is unaware or ignorant to the trap that lies before him and in but a single moment of time, it is to late to escape or go back, and his life is forever altered, if not destroyed.
He does not know that it will cost him his soul: This means that “it will cost him his life.” This statement is open-ended as there is no specific way mentioned as to how the young man is going to lose his life. The only possible sense of how is found back in Proverbs 2:16-19.
The young man’s breaking point has been reached, as he dismisses and insightful counsel of his father, suddenly he goes after her “like an ox to a slaughter.” Just as the similes used by Solomon, this young man does not realize that his passionate frenzy is going to cost him his life. Hence, he hurries into a perilous situation of death like a bird into a trap! “The figure of an arrow piercing the liver (an implied comparison) may refer to the pangs of a guilty conscience that the guilty must reap along with the spiritual and physical ruin that follows.”
Proverbs 7:24-25 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
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.
And now, O sons, listen to me: Here and is being used to close out the counsel, which is why it is rendered and now. The father, using a term of endearment, O sons, before giving his final commands, pleading for his sons to listen (Heb. šā·mǎʿ), that is pay attention and obey, never departing from his words.
And be attentive to the words of my mouth: The Hebrew verb (qā·šǎḇ) be attentive means listening and paying close attention, giving heed (i.e., obeying), accepting the instruction as being true and responding to it favorably. The figurative expression words of my mouth mean pay attention to what I say, pay attention to what I have taught you, pay attention to my instructions, my commandments.
Let not your heart turn aside to her ways: The Hebrew (satah) for turn away means that the young man is to turn away from the way or the path of this strange (i.e., wayward) woman that was referred to in 7:5, with this figurative expression, also meaning a change in behavior.
Do not stray into her paths: The Hebrew verb rendered stray (taah) means that this young man is not to wander from the moral beliefs and values that the father has instilled in him into a course of action that would lead him down her immoral path. Both of these commands are given to help the son to remove himself from this temptation before it has begun to lead him astray, so as to protect his figurative heart, namely his inner person, the seat of motivation. The young man has ignored his morally trained conscience at every stage, from entering the street where he knows that wayward woman will be to meet up with her where her scent can impact him, her words can move him, and her touch can conquer him.
Looking at the Christian today, he has to be able to get control over his thinking. The same young man today can end up on the wrong street, because of entertaining immoral thoughts that enter the mind. As soon as the thought enters his mind, if the Christian conscience is trained, he should dismiss it outright, and then internally rationalize just why that thinking is wrong. If he does not commit himself to this, he will fail by progressing even further toward the actions of viewing porn, masturbation, fornication, or adultery.
No true Christian should follow the literal steps of this man, but what about his thoughts. Could a person mentally begin ‘going down the street to her house by dwelling on immoral thoughts? Right then, he needs to put on the brakes! Failing to do so may result in mentally progressing to further steps such as masturbation or eventual sexual immorality.
The Apostle Paul told the Galatians, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Gal. 5:24) This crucifixion refers Christ in his death and resurrection, and that ‘we longer live, but Christ lives in us. The life we now live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us.’ (Gal. 2:20) This does not mean that we no longer have the thinking and desires that lead to sin. It means that our old personalities are no more, and we are now new people, having the ability to gain control over our thinking. – Romans 6:10-12.
Additionally, as an imperfect people, we need to be vigilant about dismissing any inappropriate thinking that enters our minds, before we begin to entertain and cultivate them. If one is watching a movie or television program, and they begin to have improper thoughts that can lead to sexual desires, they need to change the channel if at home, or get up and walk out of the theater. The Christian mind has to be very cautious as to what the mind takes in, especially in the age of computers, internet, iPads, and smartphones. In addition, all Christians need to be Christlike in their conversations with others, especially non-Christians, and the opposite sex. – Matthew 5:28-30; Colossians 3:5.
For those who struggle in this area, more proactive measures are needed. Once an improper thought has been dismissed, he needs to speak to himself, rationalizing why it is wrong, and what this type of thinking can do to spiritually wreck a Christian life. If he is in bed and an improper thought has entered his mind, he needs to get up and do just that, pray thereafter, and have a Bible handy to read from, before going back to bed. The prayer needs to be ardent, this cannot be lip service.
You Cannot Escape the Cruel, Vicious, Brutal, Ruthless Violence that Leads to Your Fatality
Proverbs 7:26-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
For many are the fatally wounded she has made fall: Here is the Hebrew noun (chalal) is literally rendered fatally wounded but elsewhere it is rendered victim (ESV) or slain (LEB). The sense of this line is that this immoral wayward woman has mortally wounded and brought death to many men.
And all her slain are a mighty army: Solomon is trying to stress the danger by using military language to describe the fatal results of interacting with this wayward woman. Fatally wounded can refer to casualties and the slain (Heb. harag) here are a mighty throng (atsumim) and can be seen as a mighty army. The verb for slain can mean with cruel, vicious, brutal, ruthless violence.
Her house is the way to Sheol: Here her house is not simply the building or home that she lives in but rather, it has the sense of what it is that is going on in her house as the focus. (see 2:18 and 5:5. Compare also 9:18) Here Sheol: (Heb. sheol) occurs sixty-six times in the UASV. The Greek Septuagint renders Sheol as Hades. It has the underlying meaning of a place of the dead, where they are conscious of nothing, awaiting a resurrection, for both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Gen. 37:35; Psa. 16:10; Ac 2:31; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15) It corresponds to “Hades” in the NT. It does not involve torment and punishment.
Descending to the chambers of death: The Hebrew verb (yarad) rendered descending is to move downward or lower with an ominous sense. Chambers of death is an expression that is similar to, equivalent to Sheol, and is similar to Proverbs 2:18 and 5:5. The Hebrew (cheder) Chambers is a rendering for a word meaning rooms that are located in the inner part of a house or building. Here Sheol is seen as a house that has many rooms.
The beauty and seductive power of this strange woman are quite deceptive because she has slain many that have entered her house. To naively believe that you can somehow escape the cruel, vicious, brutal, ruthless violence that leads to your fatality, while a throng of others has not is simply foolish. Some temptations are so consuming that the best recourse, is to stay as far removed as one can. The terminology of verse 26 is military in nature. Thus, young one needs to see the world of humankind that is alienated from God, his own weaknesses and leanings, in addition to Satan, as a war zone. Therefore, he needs to be ever vigilant to his environment.
BIBLE DIFFICULTIES Proverbs Chapter 7
There are no Bible difficulties in Proverbs chapter 7.
(7:1-2) Comment on the three very important verbs that we find in the first two verses. How are we to understand Solomon’s use of “the pupil of your eye with the commands of Solomon (i.e., God)?
(7:3) What does Solomon really mean by saying that we should bind biblical teachings on our finger, or write them on the tablets of our heart?
(7:4) How was the term “sister” used in the Old Testament world at times? What are wisdom and insight?
(7:5) Why is it extremely important that the son develop the teachings of God’s Word and an intimate relationship with wisdom?
(7:6-7) What did Solomon notice in the streets below?
(7:8-9) What does Solomon possess that this young one lacks?
(7:10-12) Her clothes give everything away; the text says she is what, meaning what?
(7:13) What must we understand about the stages of every temptation?
(7:14) How would the Israelite mind of that time understand her words?
(7:15) How are her words misleading, and why is the young man foolishly not seeing the truth?
(7:16-17) How can our imperfect human senses be used for good and for bad? What are the steps that this young one has gone through to get to this point? Why is it more difficult to turn back when one is the further along in the steps to sin?
(7:18) How does the strange woman end her offer?
(7:19-20) What might be the only thing holding the young man back, and how does she calm his fears?
(7:21) How are we to understand the figure of speech “smooth lips”?
(7:22-23) What is a simile? How are they fitting for the young man’s situation?
(7:24-25) What does Solomon’s counsel to his sons mean? Why should all Christians be able to control their thinking? Once we belong to Christ, does this mean that we will never have an improper thought, or that we cannot entertain that thought? Why is it very important that we control what goes into our minds? For those that struggle in this area, what more proactive measures are needed?
(7:26-27) How are we to understand the language of verses 26-27?
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…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …
The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …
Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …
Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …
…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …
Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …
…church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …
…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …
…Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …
What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …
An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.
What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …
Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …
Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …
The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …
What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …
Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …
Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …
Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach.
This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.
Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air.
Paul counseled, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:2) It is, for this reason, Marshall has penned the DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musings From the New Testament, which can help us be protected against Satan’s efforts at controlling our mind and heart. For each day of the year, DAILY DEVOTIONAL provides a Daily Bible Reading and comments for consideration.
BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior.
…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …
Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …
There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to …
When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …
“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.
 Or law; instructions
 Lit little man; Or apple of your eye; I.e., something precious
 The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Five Hundred Thousand Scripture References and Parallel Passages., Prov. 7:2 (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995).
 John H Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament) Volume 5: The Minor Prophets, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, 474-75 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).
 Or insight
 I.e. intimate friend; that is to know, which is often used as a euphemism for secual intercourse
 John H Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament): The Minor Prophets, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, vol. 5 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 479.
 Anders, Max (2005-07-01). Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs (p. 60). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. We should love and value wisdom as though she were our sister.
 Or wayward woman
 I.e. lacking good sense
 Lit pupil (of the eye)
 Or whore
 Or secret of heart; I.e. a cunning heart
 Lit She makes bold her face and says
 John H Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament) Volume 5: The Minor Prophets, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, 479 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).
 I.e. perfumed
 Or my husband is not at home
 I.e. a long journey
 Or money
 A simile is a figurative language drawing a comparison: a figure of speech that draws a comparison between two different things, especially a phrase containing the word “like” or “as,” e.g. “as white as a sheet.” Marilyn turned as white as a sheet when the police officer told her that her son had been in a car wreck. Did something scare you? You are white as a sheet!
 Biblical Studies Press, The NET Bible First Edition Notes, Pr 7:23 (Biblical Studies Press, 2006).
 Or the victims
 Or laid low or cast down