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Proverbs 7 - The Trap

Sin sets a seductive trap. Avoid the smooth talk that leads to the grave by staying close to God's Word.

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Proverbs 7 Summary

The book of Proverbs is the story of two women: Lady Wisdom, representing divine truth, and the seductive adulterous woman that we meet here in chapter 7. The wise old father, seeking to guide his son down the paths of wisdom has seen so many others get pulled off of the path, abandoning God's Word in favor of immediate gratification.

Certainly this often occurs through the sexual lust and temptation described so graphically in today's chapter, but it's important to remember that the woman described here represents all of the temptations of the world that keep us from having our "minds set on things above (Colossians 3:2)."

Falling away from God's wisdom doesn't just result in broken lives and relationships, temptation is the highway to the grave (v27 NIV). Death is the ultimate separation from God and His goodness.

This is why our Savior had to go down to the grave, so that He could free us from the eternal trappings of sin that we've been seduced into.

Dig Deeper

The opening words of chapter 7 may seem overly repetitive, as this wise father continues to implore his young son over and over to listen to wisdom and remain immersed in wisdom. It seems like every chapter has opened with similar words as we've been reading through Proverbs.

There's a lesson in this repetitiveness: this world is full of seductive traps, and you must be reminded over and over of God's commandments to help you recognize and avoid temptation.

The father looks out upon so many simple people lacking sense (v7). This is why godly parents and churches repeat the call to keep God's words and treasure up His commandments over and over and over (v1).

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our wise Father, who calls us out of ignorance and saves us from the seducer;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask that God will keep you close to His Word so that you can avoid temptation's trap.




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