The Simple Young Man and the Crafty Harlot (Proverbs 7:6 – 27)

This writing of Solomon recounts a story of watching a young man through a window as he is seduced by an adulterous woman, a harlot.  She was a loud and persuasive woman, enticing the young man with kisses, tapestries, perfumes, and a promise that they would not get caught because her husband was away on business.  He was led into and adulterous affair as an animal led to the slaughter.  He then reminds the reader not to be drawn into the adulteress’ trap.  He poetically summarizes:

24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth: 

25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths; 

26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men. 

27 Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.

This lesson from the wise man is one any reader could learn.  Enticement seems pleasant, even pleasureful.  When sexual temptation, or any temptation for that matter, is dangled before an individual, a decision must be made.  Will he or she hear and remember the teaching of the wise man, or will that individual stray from the wise (holy) path and sin willfully?  The answer should always be the former.  Heed the words of the wise man and live.  Behave foolishly and die!  The choice seems clear.  Wise up, you simply young man.  Wise up, everyone!

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