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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 7

nvitations to learn wisdom. (1-5) The arts of seducers, with warnings against them. (6-27)

Verses 1-5: We must lay up God's commandments safely. Not only, Keep them, and you shall live; but, Keep them as those that cannot live without them. Those that blame strict and careful walking as needless and too precise, consider not that the law is to be kept as the apple of the eye; indeed the law in the heart is the eye of the soul. Let the word of God dwell in us, and so be written where it will be always at hand to be read. Thus we shall be kept from the fatal effects of our own passions, and the snares of Satan. Let God's word confirm our dread of sin, and resolutions against it.

Verses 6-27: Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthful lusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructive kind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead to impurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively and plain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is he as the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when he has just seen another fall headlong from the same place. The misery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God's blessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.


David Burnette's Life Application

Renew Your Mind


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 7. In our text today we see how Wisdom guards against immorality. In making application we see that living in this imperfect world we need wisdom to navigate through this world of sin. Today the moral fabric of the world is full of immorality. If we are not careful we will be influenced by others in the worlds system. We need to constantly renew our mind with the Word of God. How about you?  Do your read the Bible daily? Let us learn from our text today to remember that we live in an imperfect world and we need to renew our mind daily to navigate our lives.

 

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Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7

 1My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

 2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

 3Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

 4Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

 5That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

 6For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

 7And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

 8Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

 9In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

 10And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

 11(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

 12Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

 13So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

 14I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

 15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

 16I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

 17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

 18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

 19For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

 20He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

 21With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

 22He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

 23Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

 24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

 25Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

 26For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

 27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.