A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Crafty Harlot
6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
10 And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
14“ I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
27 Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.
Thought of the Day
“The wisdom of babes”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Out of the mouth of babes?” Certainly you have. It comes from the simple truth that sometimes it takes a child to reveal lasting wisdom. It seems foolish but it isn’t!
Patrick, age 10, said, “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
Michael, 14, said, “When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.”
Michael, wise man that he was also said, “Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.”
Randy, 9 years of age said, “Stay away from prunes.” One wonders how he discovered that bit of wisdom.
Kyoyo, age 9, said, “Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time.”
Naomi, 15 said, “If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.”
Lauren, age 9 said, “Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick.”
Joel, 10 years old, said, “Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” and
Eileen, age 8 said, “Never try to baptize a cat.”delights of human love, but have found in Jesus the complement of their need, the satisfaction of their hunger and thirst. In Him, for them, was restored the vision of the sweet mother of early childhood; of the angel sister who went to be with God; of the early love that was never destined to be realized.
Take hold of wisdom wherever you find it.
Personal Reflection and Discussion
In verse 7 the young man is called simple. This does not mean like today that he is mentally slow or mentally handicapped. Granted he doesn’t show any sense but in this case Soloman is saying the young man is naive, inexperienced and not truly understanding what is happening. He is not thinking with his brain. He thinks he is doing the seducing when the harlot is playing him like a fool. This is nothing new unfortunately. Every where there are people who prey on the “simple” Even those of us who have been around the block a time or two have to be careful. We have to learn there is more to life than whatever feels good. In this case the young man is oblivious to his fate.
I could not agree more with you Rosi, but I think we like following the harlot most of the time though, That way when something goes wrong we can blame it on her. But the truth is we made our choice and God will hold us accountable for that choice.
Question about the devotional…..what is this angel sister it refers to??
Proverbs 7 is a good example of how beautifully the Holy Spirit loving and tenderly teaches us; “Watch this, look at that; make a judgement and learn”. Solomon is building a case for choosing wisdom. He’s not just telling his sons why they should listen to him, he’s showing them why they should. I know I’m jumping ahead some, but this connects with Chp. 9; it shows two woman calling in the street for the simple to turn in their homes but, the wicked woman (the harlot) offers stolen bread and says “stolen bread eaten in secrect is pleasant’, but he doesn’t know that the dead are there. That her guest are in the depths of hell.” This shows the consquences of the wrong choice. It may seem right at first, but there’s a point where the young guy is made aware of what’s really being offered and becomes aware of the dangers and hasitaites… but her flattery and suduction wins him over. He gives in to his immediate feeling, puts aside reasoning, and falls. He probably thought he could get away with it, or have time to fix it later, but he didn’t realize he ran out of time. “Choose ye today whom you would serve.” We have no guarentee of tomorrow, or even the next second. Of course this is not just for men, the analogy is designed to make us all think ahead; woman could relate in more than one way.