Guest Author: Ben Puthukeril
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.
Solomon, who was counted as the wisest man to have ever lived, wrote Proverbs 7 as a word of advice to young people to beware the adulterous men/women who can entice you and lead you astray. The irony behind this is that Solomon himself had over 700 wives and 300 concubines who were at his disposal, with whom he had the authority to do as he pleased. Though he knew what was right and wrong, he didn’t take his own advice. He faced the consequences and realized his mistakes only by the end of his life. He actually became subject to many of his wives’ wishes by building them temples for their gods and worshipping their idols. Regardless of this, we can still apply the advice that he gives to our personal lives. If we read Proverbs 7 closely we can see more and more how it relates to us. We may not have a firsthand problem with adultery as Solomon did, but we do struggle as youth with the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh.