Warnings Against the Adulteress

I just wanted to post about this briefly (at least my part will be brief). But I need to do it in two parts.

I – When I see a story like this one about the Governor of NY resigning because he was caught using prostitutes, I have to be careful not to think self-righteously. That is not to say I don’t judge. I am commanded to by Scripture. But with humility I know “There but for the grace of God go I.”  And what he was caught doing outwardly, I and all men have been guilty of in the heart, according to Jesus in Matthew 5.

II – But I wanted to post this scripture that so perfectly reflects this circumstance.  It is the visual that usually comes to my mind when I think of the adultress.  It is from Proverbs, chapter 7.  When you read it, and get to the consequences towards the end – I feel bad, knowing that this is what has befallen the Governor of NY.  The Scriptures are so true, and accurate to describe this as it is.  And it is another reminder that there is “nothing new under the sun.”  All sin is just the same sin recycled through the lives of mankind.

6 At the window of my house
I looked out through the lattice.

7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who lacked judgment.

8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house

9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

11 (She is loud and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;

12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)

13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:

14 “I have fellowship offerings [a] at home;
today I fulfilled my vows.

15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!

16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.

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

18 Come, let’s drink deep of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!

19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.

20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.

22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer [b] stepping into a noose [c]

23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.

25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.

26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.

27 Her house is a highway to the grave, [d]
leading down to the chambers of death.


[Originally written on March 13, 2008.]

Published in: on November 11, 2008 at 8:39 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Nice post u have here 😀 Added to my RSS reader

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