Proverbs 7 Commentary

Proverbs 7 Commentary

Chapters 5 through 7 are similar. They all warn against sexual immorality. Chapter 5 lashed out at the stupidity of dying for what you already have. “Drink water from your own well,” the scripture encouraged.

Chapter 6 laughed at the brainless man who commits adultery to destroy himself. The senselessness of adultery was underlined by comparisons with a thief who steals to satisfy himself. Though clearly inexcusable and punishable by law, a thief would pass the test for logic while an adulterer defeats reason and normality.

Chapter 7 is about the young and inexperienced fool who doesn’t know the end product of his actions. He is short-sighted. There is seduction and a clear roadmap to destruction but who cares?

The three chapters are a strong argument in the debate on sexual immorality. Ignorance shall not serve as an attorney for anyone. The saint is encouraged to remember and follow the teachings of the teacher. In the proverbs, we hear the actual voice of the LORD Jesus Christ.

You are asking for trouble by being inexperienced and foolish at the same time. Wisdom will help you have none of the two. Neither. The need is real, present, and urgent.

Keeping or following Wisdom, here called the Teaching or Word of the LORD, will keep the saint “away from other men’s wives, from women with seductive words.” It is not about willpower or about new-year resolutions.

Sin is planned. It is packaged appropriately for the inexperienced and foolish. There is also a package for the experienced and ‘wise’. The factory of sin is constantly producing wickedness and packaging it in all sorts of shapes and colors for everyone. Deception is the key marketing strategy.

The devil won’t send cooler boxes to Antarctica. Saints and groups of saints must know this.

Interestingly, the scripture isn’t preaching intelligence or smart thinking as tools to overcome wickedness. The message for the educated and the uneducated alike is simple: never forget the teaching of the LORD. Follow His teachings.

Sexual immorality is speaking by itself, for itself, and for all wickedness. Let the saint understand the lure of sin. It promises great pleasure but there is pain, suffering, and death as the final gift to the participant. “Stay away,” the scripture says.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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