Proverbs 7:1-5 “My son, keep my words…”
Yet another admonition to rely on wisdom to keep oneself from adultery. More specifically, the immoral woman. This one portrays her as something of a predator.
6 “…I looked through my lattice…”
Sounds like a scene from a Jimmy Stewart movie. Watching the action from his window.
8 “…he took the path to her house…”
Not wandering around, but took the path, intentionally.
9 “In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night.”
Always liked this verse for the phrasing. Wonder what it looks like in Hebrew.
10 “…With the attire of a harlot…”
She was acting intentional as well.
11 “…Her feet would not stay at home”
Not content to do as she should. Always wanting something else. Nothing wrong with going out, but her intentions were not to just take a breather from the routine. She had immoral plans. I get the feeling she was known for this, which may explain how the young man knew to take the path to her house.
14 “I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows.”
This reference eluded me until my Bible teacher mentioned it. Not all of the Jewish sacrifices were whole burnt offerings. Some were partial, others wave offerings. Of these, the priests were allowed to keep something of what was offered, a way of providing for their sustenance. The one offering was also sometimes allowed to keep part of what was offered. She is telling the young man she has a nice meal prepared for him since she has apparently offered peace offerings. She goes through the motions of religious actions and then commits adultery, perhaps planning the sin while performing the religious actions. One of the things God tells the Israelites He despises. Just going through the motions while the heart is far from Him.
15 “…Diligently to seek your face…”
Laying it on thick.
16-18 “…let us take our fill of love until morning…”
Not shy about saying exactly what her intentions are. She has prepared a nice place for them to have sex and encourages him to join her.
19 “…my husband is not at home…will come home on the appointed day”
She’s not a prostitute, a single person doing this for money, but a married woman deliberately breaking her vows. She knows her husband’s routines and actions well. They won’t have to worry about being interrupted or discovered.
23 “Till an arrow struck his liver…it would cost his life”
I’ve read some commentaries speculate this might be a reference to some disease he contracted from her as a consequence of his actions. I don’t think it goes that deep. An injury to the liver such as an arrow would be fatal due to the loss of blood. I feel the writer is saying the man is caught, not realizing what his actions will cost. Could be physical death or financial depending on what the husband’s vengeance demanded.
26 “…she has cast down many wounded…”
Not sure if this is a reference to this particular woman or the idea of the immoral woman the writer is trying to warn his children about.
27 “Her house is the way to hell…”
Not saying that adultery or fornication is the unpardonable sin. But those who live in this manner easily fall into the trap of continual sin without desire to repent and escape. The end of such a life is ultimate death.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.