Proverbs 2 is the second shortest chapter in the Book of Proverbs (the shortest is Proverbs 9 and consists of only 18 verses). Given the brevity of the chapter, I will address only one verse today – Proverbs 2:16.
Proverbs 2:16 – “To deliver [rescue; save] thee from the strange [adulterous; profane] woman, even from the stranger [foreign to God’s people; adulterous] which flattereth [smooth talker; one who divides and separates] with her words [sayings; speech];”
In an earlier Proverbs 2 devotion we noted Solomon’s admonition to his son concerning the ways of wicked men (2:12-15). Proverbs 2:16 introduces us to four proverbs that serve as a warning concerning the “strange woman” [a woman other than a man’s wife; the wife of another].
Solomon knew all too well the ways of “strange women” for he was himself a foolish victim of their allure (1 Kings 11:1-4). Like too many fathers, he was an example of a dad who teaches his son, “Do as I say, not as I do”. Solomon was wise to teach his son to beware of a woman who was not his wife and would make her way into his heart by flatteries. Sadly, Solomon’s son followed his father’s example and not his proverbs!
Please allow a few exhortations in my conclusion to today’s devotional thought.
1) Fathers, practice what you teach! Adultery is more than a physical indiscretion; it is a sin of the heart, mind and eyes against God, your wife and family [“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” – Matthew 5:28].
2) Sons, the world has the taste of forbidden temptations only a mouse-click away; however, to stray down that path puts at risk everything you hope to achieve in life.
3) Mothers and daughters, Hollywood, the Internet and television have sexualized and exploited nearly every aspect of your being. The women’s movement has championed liberties, but enslaved your fair sex to serve as the object of boundless lust. If you are not careful, you will believe the lie that instant gratification comes without guilt and regret. Unless your conscience is seared, the guilt of sexual indiscretions [Selfies, Sexting and physical misconduct] will scar your life and put at risk your potential of marital joy and fulfillment.
Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”