Proverbs 7:24-27 – A provocative warning to immoral fools

Seductive eyesSolomon’s admonition to his son concerning the self-destructive path of immorality continues in Proverbs 7.  Employing the art of story telling, Solomon spares no words in describing the subtle ways of a beguiling temptress including her appearance (7:10a), attitude (7:10b), actions (7:11b-12) and character (7:13-21).  Solomon then described the dramatic and tragic end of the man who allows his heart and emotions to fall prey to the adulteress (Proverbs 7:22-23).

Solomon turns the focus of his parables from his son to us all in Proverbs 7:24-27.

Proverbs 7:24-27 – “Hearken [hear; obey; understand] unto me now therefore, O hear instructionye children, and attend [hear; incline] to the words [sayings; speech] of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart [mind; understanding] decline [turn aside; deviate] to her [adulteress] ways [course; manner; path], go not astray [wander; be seduced] in her paths [way]. 26 For she [adulteress] hath cast down [overthrown; cause to fall] many wounded [slain; dishonored]: yea, many strong [mighty; great] men have been slain [destroyed] by her. 27 Her house [household; home] is the way [course; manner; path] to hell [grave], going down [descending] to the chambers [innermost part] of death.”

Solomon’s warning to men concerning the tragic end of those who feed their flesh with forbidden lusts needs no exposition.  The king leaves no room for ambiguity—give rein to sexual lusts and you risk everything!

Solomon warns in verse 25—don’t entertain the adulterer’s enticements; don’t be seduced by her flattery for sexual lust has hurt and destroyed the most noble and mighty men (7:26).

destructive path of adulteryA final warning: Men and women who entertain forbidden passions and follow sexual lusts are pursuing a course to an early grave and, if they fail to repent, their destiny is hell (7:27).

Revelation 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

I close with a good news invitation: It is not too late to confess your sin and repent!  Unbridled lusts carry the burden of guilt and the consequences of sin; however, God is gracious and willing to forgive sin…yes, even your sin when you repent and turn to Him.

2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith