Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 7


Proverbs 7

Scripture

NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version *colors added by me

1MY SON, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.2Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.

3Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

4Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend–

5That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words.

6For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.

7And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,

8Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman’s] corner; and he went the way to her house

9In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling [over the young man’s life].

10And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart.

11She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;

12Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner.

13So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,

14Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.

15So I came forth to meet you [that you might share with me the feast from my offering]; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.

16I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.

17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love.

19For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;

20He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed [at the full moon].

21With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.

22Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or [a]like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle

23Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.

24Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

25Let not your heart incline toward her ways, do not stray into her paths.

26For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.(A)

27Her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death.

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 6

Proverbs 7 Spiritual Checkup

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 6

Video dramatization of Proverbs 7

Do The Right Things! Zyxter’s Video Verse & Thought of The Day is Proverbs

A first person interpretation of Proverbs 7:10-23

Lorn McDowell – Proverbs 7

Key Words*

See my reflections below.

Commentaries

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

It continues to amaze me the strong words found in the Bible that we just read over. Ox lead to slaughter … arrow pierced liver … YUK!

Anyway, one verse stuck out to me when I first read through, V 21:

With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.

With MUCH, not one word, not a little, but MUCH. The word translated as argument is leqach and it’s meaning is: From H3947; properly something received, that is, (mentally) instruction (whether on the part of the teacher or hearer); also (in an active and sinister sense) inveiglement: – doctrine, learning, fair speech. Interestingly enough, this very same word was translated as ‘doctrine’ back in Proverbs 4:2 (For I give you good doctrine [what is to be received]; do not forsake my teaching.) So we are supposed to already KNOW the good doctrine so when this bad doctrine comes our way, we will KNOW it. But this isn’t simply someone handing out a pamphlet, because it said with MUCH. The enemy can have a way of wearing us down if we aren’t already prepared by knowing what we know and why we know it. It’s easy to be lead astray more than just sexually. If we aren’t careful we could be one of those ox that are being lead to slaughter.

Look at if further, it says that she leads him and FORCES him along. The word translated as force here is nâdach: A primitive root; to push off; used in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively (to expel, mislead, strike, inflict, etc.): – banish, bring, cast down (out), chase, compel, draw away, drive (away, out, quite), fetch a stroke, force, go away, outcast, thrust away (out), withdraw.

She basically pushed him off of his own doctrinal believes and lead him right into hers. This is why it is important to make decisions based on what is Biblical. And we can not make decisions that are Biblical if we don’t know the Bible. And knowing the Bible doesn’t mean knowing what someone told us was in the Bible. It means KNOWING – in our own minds, hearts, souls, and spirit. We won’t know bad doctrine if we don’t know the good doctrine. And God said He has already given us the good doctrine (Prov 4:2). Question is, do we know it? If we don’t, how will we know if we have forsaken it?

Prayer

Father, thank You for the good doctrine that you have given us. Thank you for putting exactly what we need within us through the Holy Spirit. Lord, help us to be able to discern any bad doctrine that comes our way. Father, help us to withstand the much justifying and enticing, arguments and persuading, all the alluring and leading and force that we endure here in this world. Let us not get caught up in the worldly ways. Let us not bend to the left, to the right, to the front, nor to the back, but let us stand tall and straight firmly planted in YOUR Word and YOUR doctrine.

Lord, I pray that you provide a “father” for all those who are walking the street tonight. Someone to say, “Listen my son/daughter.” Someone to speak into their lives and teach them your doctrines. Save them from being lead to the slaughter.

Father God, I thank you for sending the one Lamb to cover the blood due you for all my sins. Thank you that He took my place at being lead to the slaughter and shed His blood in place of mine. In JESUS precious name, AMEN!

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