Proverbs 7 – A Repeated Warning Against Adultery

Adultery - split marriage cakeA warning concerning adultery and the consequences of immorality is an oft-occurring theme throughout the Book of Proverbs. Solomon’s admonition to his son should be heralded from the pulpits of America’s churches—Adultery is a cancer to marriage, home, church and nation!

Someone might read this devotional and applaud himself on having never been unfaithful to his spouse; however, I remind you that Christ’s definition of adultery strikes a blow against pornography and any other medium that enflames extra-marital passion.

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery [Exodus 20:14]: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

For the sake of brevity, I limit our focus to the opening verses of Proverbs 7 where Solomon coveys his longing that his son will hear, heed and remember his father’s words.

Proverbs 7:1-4“My son, keep my words [sayings; speeches], and lay up my commandments [do’s and don’ts] with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law [instructions; teaching] as the apple [pupil] of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers [Deuteronomy 6], write [record; engrave] them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman [friend]:”

I close with a two-prong application: Fathers must address the moral character of their children and, by word and example, call their sons and daughters to moral purity. Secondly, children are under obligation to cherish their parent’s instruction and recall them to heart when temptations arise.

Proverbs 7:5 – “That they [wisdom and understanding] may keep [preserve; be a hedge] thee from the strange [immoral] woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.”