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We can see in this portion of Scripture two enemies that lie in the path of this young man. One is the evil man (v. 12) and the other a strange woman (v. 16).
The ways of the evil man are tempting to the natural mind. However, to follow this evil man is to leave the “paths of righteousness” and “walk in the ways of darkness” (v. 13). It is only the Word of God as it is applied in the life that will keep this young man from the self-willed ways of the evil one.
We also find the tempting allurement of immoral women as an obstacle in his path. Again and again we will catch glimpses of this strange woman flitting in and out the pages of Proverbs. She is there to rob young men of their purity today just as she was in Solomon’s day. Those who go into her house and get involved in the ways of uncleanness go through life under guilt from which they never recover (v. 19). The memory of unholy acts will linger and prove to be a source of shame and grief to the end. We will find many warnings throughout this book concerning the strange woman.
Those who through wisdom escape these traps of the evil one, by neither being involved with evil men or strange women, will enjoy a peace and security that the wicked will never possess.
It is my desire to pursue wisdom, avoid the wrong kind of people and to have the right kind of companions. Pride appeals to the empty head and sexual enticement to the empty heart. Lord give me the wisdom that only you can give.
For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
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Proverbs 1:1-7The Title, Purpose And Motto of The Book
Proverbs 1:8-19Warning Against The Enticement of Sinners
Proverbs 1:20-33A Plea For Wisdom
Proverbs 2:1-9The Conditions For Gaining Wisdom
Proverbs 2:10-22God’s Wisdom Will Protect You From Immoral People
Proverbs 3:1-12Exhortations to Obedience
Proverbs 3:13-20The High Value of Wisdom
Proverbs 3:21-26The Value of Wisdom in Building Relationships
Proverbs 3:27-35How to Treat Your Neighbors
Proverbs 4:1-9An Exhortation to Acquire Wisdom
Proverbs 4:10-19How Wisdom Will Keep You Out of Trouble
Proverbs 4:20-27The Value of Wisdom in Producing Health
Proverbs 5:1-14Some of The Consequences of Adultery
Proverbs 5:15-23Encouragement to Moral Purity