Proverbs Challenge – Chapter 7

The Wiles of a Harlot

My son, keep my words,
And treasure my commands within you.
Keep my commands and live,
And my law as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,
That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.

The Crafty Harlot

For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the a]”>[a]youths,
A young man devoidb]”>[b] of understanding,
Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.

10 And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him;
With an c]”>[c]impudent face she said to him:
14 I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For d]”>[d]my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money e]”>[e]with him,
And will come home f]”>[f]on the appointed day.”

21 g]”>[g]With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she h]”>[h]seduced him.
22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or i]”>[i]as a fool to the correction of the j]”>[j]stocks,
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it k]”>[k]would cost his life.

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 l]”>[l]hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 7:7 Lit. sons
  2. Proverbs 7:7 lacking
  3. Proverbs 7:13 shameless
  4. Proverbs 7:19 Lit. the man
  5. Proverbs 7:20 Lit. in his hand
  6. Proverbs 7:20 at the full moon
  7. Proverbs 7:21 By the greatness of her words
  8. Proverbs 7:21 compelled
  9. Proverbs 7:22 LXX, Syr., Tg. as a dog to bonds; Vg. as a lamb . . . to bonds
  10. Proverbs 7:22 shackles
  11. Proverbs 7:23 Lit. is for
  12. Proverbs 7:27 Or Sheol

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Here Solomon is telling his son to make wisdom, knowledge and understanding his friend he should be cautious of words spoken out and to keep the commandments of God,he shouldn’t neglect it for any reason.
    In the other verses he talks about being ware of the devils trap which is formication and adultery, he told him to avoid enticing words lest he falls…

  2. OJO ELIJAH

    Today’s proverb warns against immorality commited in the name of love because it leads to sorrow the word to the son is to herken to word of his father that it might not depart from it …
    And the the other verse make us understand that if we stand we should stand firmly to overcome temptation and if we live in spirit let us walk in spirit for we to overcome temptation firstly we must avoid second looking that we should put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of devil…

  3. Adefuwa Adedokunola

    Today’s chapter highlights the importance of valuing wisdom, keeping God’s word and father’s wisdom close. Also not to be sway by the promises and seductive of immoral woman.

  4. Gbadebo omotolani Esther

    It speaks about widow and word of the mouth to be careful so as to not to got astray.tells us to make wisdom and understanding our friend.

  5. Odogun Oluwaseun Morrison

    By succumbing to the adulteress’ tricks, the reckless youth falls into a trap, like livestock being led to slaughter or a wild animal being snared by a hunter. Solomon warns his son—and, by extension, all men and women—that yielding to evil’s temptation leads inevitably to death

  6. Balogun Feranmi

    This chapter indicates that one should be very careful not to fall into trap(which may come in any form be it adultery or any ungodly attitude ) . It also employ one to make wisdom and understanding our companion. I see God helping us. Amen

  7. Balogun Feranmi

    This chapter indicates that one should be very careful not to fall into trap(which may come in any form be it adultery or any ungodly attitude ) . It also employ one to make wisdom and understanding our companion. I see God helping us. Amen.

  8. Akinbobola Esther

    Chapter 7 is giving us warning on what strange woman can destroy our life
    1)The best way to enjoy God is to keep his commandments and laws
    2)let us be careful when temptation come our,with God words we overcome
    3)verse 17to 26 tell us to be careful,a good example is Samson and Delilah, Samson failed to hearken the voice of God and his parents,
    4) Adultery destroy destiny every child of God must guide his or her on anything that is not of God

  9. Imion Angela Ofure

    Chapter 7 talks about immortality and the prize we get to pay for engaging in it.
    It also buttresses the importance and benefits of keeping God’s word and a father’s wisdom close

  10. Imion Angela Ofure

    Proverbs chapter 1 clearly states that one must avoid the temptations put forth by sinful men. They will try to entice the weak and it is critical to never give into their temptations regardless of how good the promises sound. The goal of such men is to take those who are good and outright plunder them.

  11. Imion immaculate osereme

    This chapter is about God’s message to us his children,telling us to stay away from sin or anything or anyone that will lead us to sin cos it will lead us to hell.
    This chapter also tells us the importance of heeding to God’s words and the consequences we get to pay when we fail to listen

  12. Gbadebo Toluwalope

    Proverbs Chapter 7
    This chapter tells us to get and use wisdom which will keep us away from the traps of the enemy.
    The devil is waiting on us with many traps to fall into but if we gain wisdom and understanding it will direct our path and guide us right

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