Sin’s Attraction – Proverbs 7:16

Proverbs 7:16 “I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.”

The Hebrew word for “bed” in Proverbs 7:16 is distinctly different from the Hebrew word translated as “bed” in Proverbs 7:17. In his commentary, Adam Clarke says that the Hebrew Word for “bed” in Proverbs 7:16 refers to a couch that a person would recline on for eating. In Proverbs 7:17, the Hebrew Word for “bed” refers to the bed in the bedchamber. During Old Testament times, people typically ate their meals sitting or squatting on the ground with the table being a mat on which the food was set. This was especially the case with those living in tents. Only royalty or the well-to-do would have furniture to sit on while they ate. Thus, the strange woman was offering this simple man a lavish and luxurious dinner experience. The couch on which she wanted this man to eat with her was well decorated, adorned with beautiful blankets, imported linen from Egypt, and carved works which many commentators actually believe refers to striped Egyptian linen coverlets.

Proverbs 7:16 contains part of the prostitute’s offer to the simple man. She has already presented herself to him as a somewhat spiritual person in her ploy to allure this young man to evil. In Proverbs 7:14-15 she says, “I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.  15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.” The peace offering was a voluntary offering made to God of an animal without blemish in thanksgiving and praise to Him. The offering was split between the altar, the worshiper, and the priest. Therefore she may have had several good meats on hand since she offered peace offerings; notice the plural ending.
Whether this prostitute was lying or not, we do not know. The Bible says that the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination and even more so when brought with a wicked mind (Prov. 21:27).

The big three of the world are the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). This man wanted to indulge all three. This sly immoral woman sought to be the solution to his perceived need, but at a price not anyone can afford. Sexual sin destroys a person’s own soul (Prov. 6:32). The prostitute had already successfully appealed to the lusts of his eyes and now the lusts of his flesh through her flattery. The lust of the eyes was indulged by the simple man coming in hopes of possibly catching a glimpse of this woman (7:7-10), and the lust of his flesh by her kiss, offering this simple man an extravagant dinner experience, and a sensually appealing bedroom to do an immoral act (7:13-18). Then lastly she appeals to the pride of life in this young man by persuading him, he can get away with this pleasurable sinful act (7:19-20). However sin always has a price tag attached to it (7:23). This sin in particular has a higher price tag of self-destruction. While all sin is self-destructive, sexual sin is against one’s own body (1 Corinthians 6:18).

From this verse, we learn that sin is attractive. However, we know that under sin’s beautiful tapestries is a deadly trap that will destroy us spiritually and physically. Just as Solomon warned his son about loving/lusting for this strange woman, prostitute, our heavenly Father warns us against the love of this world. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (1 John 5:3). Just as Solomon counseled his son to keep his commandments as the apple of his eye we ought to keep our Heavenly Father’s commands as the apple of our eye. Love and obedience to God is key to overcoming the attractiveness of sin in our lives. 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” Looking over the past week, month, or year, based on these verses, who have I chosen to love, the Father or the world? Let’s be faithful to live holy lives for the Father’s glory (1 Peter 1:13-16, Eph. 1:12). Do not let sin’s attraction side track you! Let us be one track focused on the Lord, His holiness, and His beauty (Mat. 6:33). God bless!

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Immorality Is No Respecter of Persons – Proverbs 7:26

Proverbs 7:26 "For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her."

In my Bible, Proverbs 7 is titled, "A Prostitute’s Trap." This Scripture warns of the severe consequences of dabbling in immorality which is the destruction of your life. Solomon starts out by commanding his son to be obedient and to highly regard his words.

Immorality is not a respecter of persons. It will tear down anyone and everyone it can. All it takes is a brief lapse of vigilance in guarding your heart to result in mental or physical sexual sin. Constantly keep a guard on your heart. As Jeremiah 17:9 says, it is deceitful and desperately wicked. Thus we must constantly keep it in check and engrave into our heart attitude the commands of our heavenly Father and dad to keep us from the trap of immorality (Prov. 7:1-5).

What verses do you have memorized relevant to the temptations you face? Jesus was victorious over the temptation of Satan in the wilderness because of His reliance on the Holy Spirit, because of His wise use of memorized Scripture pertinent to the temptation, and because of His obedience to those memorized Scriptures (Luke 4:1-12). In what two ways will you better equip yourself to be victorious over the temptations you face today?

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11

Proverbs 7:23

Proverbs 7:23 “Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.”

Context – Solomon commands his son to keep his commandments and to embrace wisdom.  He then tells his son about a young foolish man who fell prey to the prostitute’s trap.  Those who commit sexual sin are oblivious and naïve  to the destruction it brings.  They are like an ox going to the slaughter house, the fool going to the correction of the stocks, and a bird unknowingly entering into a snare.  This sin kills and casts away its wounded.

The results of sexual sin are extremely damaging to a person’s life and this sin should be avoided at all costs.   While God’s forgives, the physical consequences of sexual sin are permanent in this life (1 John 1:9).  Have you committed yourself to remaining pure?  Sexual sin is rampant in our culture today; however, as Christians, we are called to live above the culture’s standard of what is socially acceptable (Romans 12:1-2).  We are to live according to God’s will to abstain from fornication (adultery, incest, and sodomy are included) (1 Thes. 4:3).  What is the foundation for the standards to which you hold?  Any thinking contrary to God’s way is going to lead to death (Prov. 14:12).  Are you allowing the world to mold your thinking or God to mold the thinking (mind) of Christ in you (Phil. 2:5-8)? How is the molding influence of God’s Word being evidenced in your life today?