PROVERBS 7:6-9 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement. And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house. In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.
Solomon brings before us a scene that has been duplicated thousands of times. The young man is once again beseeched to ponder with care the dangers that accompany fraternizing with the strange woman. From his window Solomon beholds the simple one, literally the inexperienced one, a man not yet vicious, but eager to expand his exposure to the things of this world. He is near a corner. The punctuation represents the corner as hers, possibly the corner of her house. It is the place where she habitually stalks her prey, and the young man knowing this eagerly seeks to encounter her. In the black and dark night he seeks to establish contact.
PROVERBS 10-23 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him. I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the Goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
A careful description of the adulteress is now given. She is a woman who lives “at fever temperature.” Her heart is guarded and inaccessible, subtle, a walled fortress that none can ascend. She wears the attire of a harlot unashamedly, she is loud and stubborn literally ungovernable, like a wild heifer that will not submit its neck to the yoke. She is not a keeper at home, as St. Paul advises (Titus 2:5). Her joy is to be in the streets where she can ply her wares on the simple. She delights to catch and kiss the simple, wooing them to her bed. Feigning devotion to this young love, she says, “Therefore came I forth…diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.” For him she has decked her bed with the myrrh of Arabia and the cinnamon of Africa and Ceylon. Come, is her plea; for the good man, her husband, is gone, and all is ready for them to enjoy a night of conjugal bliss. All that is lacking is his consent, and what he is only too eager to give. He goes as and ox to the slaughter and is fettered in the stocks, like a bird caught in a trap. But the great tragedy is that he does not realize that it will cost him his life. The liver was prominent in ancient writings as the seat of sexual desire. A dart will strike through his liver. This can mean that the husband will return and kill the offenders, or have others, who are legally appointed to do so, kill them. It may be, however, that our young man proves to be his own assassin. The illicit passions which she has lighted in him will surely bring him to hell itself if he does not repent and forsake the way of the adulteress.
YOUNG MEN: LET NOT THINE HEART INCLINE TO HER WAYS.
Reference: Liberty Bible Commentary- Old Testament Proverbs Chapter Seven KJV
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