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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



6At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. 7I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men,     youth who had no sense. 8He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house9at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. 10Then out came a woman to meet him,dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 11( She is unrulyg and defiant, her feet never stay at home, 12now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)13She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: 14“ Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.15So I came out to meet you; looked for you and have found you! 16I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.18Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 19My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 20He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”  21With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose 23till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

7: 6-23   Although this advice is directed toward young men, young women should heed it as well. The person who has no purpose in life is naive and simpleminded (7: 7). Having no purpose or direction leaves a person empty and unstable, vulnerable to many temptations that promise fulfillment and satisfaction. Even though the young man in this passage doesn’t know where he is going, the adulteress knows exactly where she wants him. Notice her clever strategies: She is dressed to allure him (7: 10); her approach is bold (7: 13); she invites him over to her place (7: 16-18); she cunningly answers his every objection (7: 19-20); she flatters and persuades him with smooth talk (7: 21); she traps him (7: 23). To combat temptation, acknowledge your own vulnerability to it, stay close to God and his Word, and cultivate a life of accountability (7: 4). Recognize the strategies and power of temptation, and run from them fast.

Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know that JESUS is the only way to have the power to sustain from a world of temptations of sex especially in a world where today sex is so out in the open and available like water out of a faucet. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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