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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Seduction Of Wickedness: The Danger Of Ignorance: Prov 7:5-9

5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

INTRODUCTION:

After emphasizing the important role of God’s Word (7:1-4) in our quest to overcome temptation, Solomon now begins a case study showing to us the danger of remaining naïve concerning temptation’s method of operation ….

EXPOSITION:

5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
By God’s grace, as we properly hear, guard and apply God’s Word to our lives, it will create a hedge of protection about us guarding us from the seductive powers of wickedness (vs 1-4).

Please keep in mind, this section of Scripture needs to be approached in two different ways.  First of all, it should be seen as a case study seeking to warn us of the many, varied evils involving sins of intimacy including…
1.  fornication (intimate relations outside of marriage; the young man is assumed to be unmarried based on the definition of “young” – vs 7);
2.  adultery (intimate relations that break the marital covenant;  the woman is married –vs 19-20);
3.  and, possibly, prostitution (payment for intimate relations; the clothing she wears – vs 10)

But this account is not limited to its subject matter of sins of intimacy.   There is a far wider warning here that involves any type of sinful acts. Please notice in this case study, Solomon is using …
1.  a “strange woman” to picture any type of sin – one that is foreign, one that causes to depart from path.  How appropriate!  Sinful acts are foreign to the character and spiritual nature of a Christian; by partaking of them, the Christian is departing from the path they should be taking.
2.  her attempts to “flatter” are a picture of the attractive nature of any sin.  This reminds us that the temptation to sin, always uses “smooth” words.  In other words, it always appeals to the carnal nature of man, saying those things which are pleasing to hear, promising pleasure, happiness and benefits.
Therefore, we can learn lessons about the harmful nature of both sins of intimacy, as well as any type of wickedness that feeds our fleshly desires.

[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.”   (Psalms 55:21)

6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
Solomon, as a narrator is describing himself as uninvolved, only reporting for us what is about to take place.  Being an eyewitness will lend us to understand that he is truthfully reporting the events without “spinning” them for his own purposes and motives.  He is much like a witness on the witness stand who testifies to the jury about the events that he sees taking place.

7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Solomon is describing the one who is entrapped and deceived by sin as…
1. a simple one – an open, unguarded one
2. a youth – a relative, an acquaintance (one that we should love and care about)
3. a young man – inexperienced, and unlearned
4. void of understanding – one with an empty heart, hollow within (describing lack of the Word within their mind and desires)
Note this description shows he is lacking EVERYTHING we are told to have in our lives (verse 1-4) to oppose temptation.  This person is totally unprepared to face this seductress.

The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. (Psalms 19:7)

PE. Thy testimonies [are] wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.”   (Psalms 119:129-131)

8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
Because he is unprepared and naïve, this young man is actually seeking this woman, without any care nor concept of what will lie ahead for him.  He is actively putting himself in a position to be tempted and defeated.  Why?  Due to a lack of God’s Word in his being… he is not warned, has no discernment of the nature of the situation at hand (understanding), and does not have God’s Word applied to his actions (wisdom).

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
He goes at night, realizing he has no business there, trying to hide his actions from the view of others.  His conscience is bringing upon him both guilt and shame, this is the natural reaction to those feelings.

They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.  The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.  The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face.”   (Job 24:13-15)

SUMMARY:

This young man is inexperienced, and unlearned lacking the teachings of God’s Word.  Therefore, we find him purposefully seeking out that which he should not touch and desiring that which will only harm and eventually, destroy him.  What a sad story that is to be presented to us…. By God’s grace let none of us be caught in this type of condition!

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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11 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I wanted to give a head’s up that the saturday Scripture link isn’t working

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

  3. Debbie says:

    Praying with you, for wisdom and understanding! God bless you, Pastor Rob!

  4. Great warnings on a touchy subject. Young people need to ready this!

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