Portraits From Proverbs (15)


Today, we’ll wrap up our study of the strange woman by looking at a case study Solomon observed.

Bible Reading

Pro 7:6-9 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:

Pro 7:10-12 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (11) (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: (12) Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

Pro 7:22-23 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; (23) Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

Pro 7:24-27 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. (25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. (26) For she hath down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. (27) Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

A Case Study

Solomon’s home was situated in a high part of Jerusalem. From that vantage point, he watched a young man wandering the street at dusk. The first thing to note here is that this simple youth got into trouble by wondering around with nothing to do. David got in trouble under the same circumstances (2Sa 11:2). Be careful about having time on you’re hands with nothing to do and no one to whom you are accountable.

Next, notice that the strange woman was lurking on every corner. There are plenty of opportunities to be tempted, so it’s important to stay on guard. Avoid enticements. You may think you’re strong enough to handle the temptation, but you’re not. Samson – the strong man – wasn’t, David – the spiritual man – wasn’t, Solomon – the wise man – wasn’t, and neither are you.

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

The strange woman takes the initiative in the encounter, sparing the young man any doubts or insecurities. She flatters him and makes him feel special. The young man is taken in by her allures. He is so simple that he gives in without resistance. He has no idea the price he will pay for his decision.

Solomon ends the story with a moral: stay away – stronger men than you have fallen to the strange woman. The price is too high to play games with this kind of temptation.

What About You?

  • Are you being tempted by a strange woman?
  • Are you fleeing or flirting?
  • What do you need to do to avoid falling in to this temptation?

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