Notes and Lessons from Proverbs 7: The Wiles of The Harlot

For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense, Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.

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My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching 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 intimate friend; That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense, Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him: “I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows. “Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. “I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt. “I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses. “For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home.” With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life. Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths. For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death. Proverbs‬ ‭7:1-27‬ ‭

These are some notes that I gathered from Proverbs 7. These are things that I have been learning in my own life and I hope that they will help you in your walk with the Lord as they are helping me. 🙂

1. Fear God, cleave to His Commandments, and become familiar with them.

– Proverbs 1:7 defines wisdom as “the fear of the Lord.”

– The fear of the Lord is what keeps us away from sin and helps us to keep His commandments.

– Do not downplay or water down the commandments of God or the fear of God when you are tempted because in doing so you are insuring your capitulation.

– Meditate on the Word of God and meditate on His commandments.

– This how you will cultivate the fear of God in your life.

– If you are not a Christian, then you cannot manufacture or engineer the fear of God in your life.

– Love the commandments of the Lord, they are for your good as they keep you away from sin.

– The Christian heart is eager to please the Lord and their perception of God’s Law is not characterized by seeing it as a burden that they must obey, but as a privilege which allows them to please the Lord as a child pleases his or her Father.

2. Keep yourself out of tempting situations where you know that the circumstances grant a higher chance of sinful compromise happening. [Verses 1-8]

– If your compromise is more likely and you see all the odds stacked against you, then stay away from the situation– especially when people warn you and give you wise counsel.

– Don’t see a similar situation in which you didn’t compromise as an excuse to have confidence in yourself and to continue in your behavior, but as a mercy from the gifted restraint and providence of God.

– Seeing this mercy of God in keeping you away from sin, don’t actively seek out sketchy situations, and do not test God or tempt yourself.

3. Do not rationalize and justify yourself when you feel yourself headed towards compromise. [Verses 9-24]

– The foolish young man in the Proverb has no business walking at midnight by a harlots house alone.

– Don’t reason by emotions or reason by your own volition, but reason by the Scriptures.

– If God says stay away from a situation, then stay away from it.

– Listen to those who are counseling you and exposing your sinful tendencies with the Scriptures.

– Look out for yourself as much as you look out for others. Don’t use “ministry” as an excuse to tempt yourself into compromise. If you know that going somewhere or talking to someone could compromise your witness and tempt you to fall into sexual immorality, then do not tread in those places and do not put yourself in situations where you will be alone with that person.

– Understand that if you claim to “minister” to someone and then you compromise into sin with that person that your “ministering” is then disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27)

– Even if what they say doesn’t happen, AGAIN, don’t see it as an excuse but see it as a mercy from God that you did not compromise.

4. Do not see yourself as more than what you are and do not hold think more highly of yourself than you ought to. [Verses 25-27]

– Do not trust yourself and do not have confidence in yourself.

– Better men and women than you have tried.

– Men and women who have more proven character, know the Scriptures better, and have higher levels of spiritual development put restrictions on themselves and so keep themselves away from tempting situations.

– Remember that even David, the trademarked man after God’s own heart, fell into sin with Bathsheba.

– Even Solomon could not control his desires and he was person who wrote Proverbs 7.

– There are many more examples from Scripture.

– Think about how they compromised into sin and the steps that they took (look at your own life as well). That is there in the Scriptures as a lesson so that you learn to trust yourself, to cling to the Word of God and pray for mercy of God so that you learn not to do the same.

Other Verses to Meditate On and Memorize:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

(Proverbs 1:7)

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” (James 1:14-16)

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.”

(Proverbs 3:5-8)

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”

(Jeremiah 17:9)

“Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)

“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.”

(Psalms 19:7-13)