The Son is Exhorted to Heed The Father’s Teaching

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Habits

The author knowing the depravity of the human heart and the need of continued warning gives another entire chapter against lust and immorality. He starts off by saying that the best advice is  useless against strong temptation unless it is taken to heart and is translated into habits (v.1). Concern in this area should be as sensitive as a person caring for the pupil of his eye  (v. 2). In many cases we do not need to learn new truth but just need to start applying the truth we already know.

It is the constant studying, memorizing and meditating upon the Word of God that will keep us from sin(Psalm119:11). Notice how upon both hand and heart the Word is to be bound and written (v.3). This certainly involves far more than just a casual reading of the Scriptures.

One of Satan’s weapons in enticing this young man is flattery and this is what a strange woman uses. Wisdom and understanding are needed to keep a person from this snare (vv. 4-5). A person needs to be as familiar with wisdom as he is with his sister and the same is true of understanding.

Application

If I get something in my eye it affects my whole body. When a person falls into immorality it affects the whole body of Christ. I need to protect myself from this awful sin just as I protect my eyes. Injury to an eye will limit me in what I can do in life and so will involvement in immorality.

Proverbs 7:1-9 (English Standard Version)

My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.

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