Proverbs 7

Today read Proverbs 7.

Here we have yet another passage warning us about the foolishness of sexual sin. Proverbs 5 was entirely about it, chapter 6:20-35 discussed it again, and here we are in Proverbs 7 with another whole chapter dealing with this subject.

This time the focus is on the person who is unprepared for temptation to adultery. Verse 7 said that he was “among the simple... a youth who had no sense.” Verse 8 told us that he was “going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house.” Those phrases suggest, maybe, that he was curious; so does verse 25: “Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.” He’d seen this woman before and found her attractive so he went near her place to see if he might by chance walk by her and get a better look. The tone of this chapter indicates that he did not expect anything to happen.

But she did. Verses 10-20 described the approach of his partner in this sin. She “seduced him” with “persuasive words” (v. 21). Although Solomon described the price he paid for his adultery (vv. 22-23, 26-27), the focus of this chapter is on preparing yourself to be tempted without sinning. This is done through preparation, fortifying your mind and heart against temptation (vv. 1-5, 24) and being ready to say no when the temptation comes.

Are you flirting with sexual sin? Are you drawn to someone at work, in your neighborhood, or somewhere else? Like the young man in our story, you may be unprepared for a temptation that is this clear. A wise person will understand just how much temptation is available out there and how deceitful our hearts are, so listen to the warnings in this chapter. Learn how to spot the signs of someone who wants to sin with your, then put that person at arm’s length at all times. This will help you resist temptation when it arrives in your life.