Proverbs 7: Warning about Prostitutes

Why do people sometimes forget what is most important?

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Proverbs 7:1–2 My child, respect my words and don’t forget how important they are. Do what I say, and you will fare well in life. Value my teaching as much as your eyesight.
King James
Proverbs 7:1–2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

What are the best ways to keep from forgetting?

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Proverbs 7:3 Tightly wrap my words around your fingers, never to be forgotten. Write them deep within your heart.
King James
Proverbs 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

How can we have better discernment?

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Proverbs 7:4–5 Say to wisdom, “You are my best friend forever.” Make discernment your constant companion, which will keep you from being tempted by seductive words and will save you from adultery.
King James
Proverbs 7:4–5 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: that they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

How might knowing about other people’s misfortunes help us?

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Proverbs 7:6–7 Through the open shutters, I looked from the window of my house and saw a young man among the naïve youths, one who lacked common sense.
King James
Proverbs 7:6–7 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,

Why are people easily seduced? What armor will protect them??

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Proverbs 7:8–12 He was walking down the street and at the corner turned toward her house. It was in the evening, as it was turning dark.
Dressed seductively, a woman greeted him there. She was daring and rebellious, not one whose feet would keep her at home but the kind who walks the streets, making herself available in the open square and at every street corner.
Ephesians 6:18 Always be praying, your hearts open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and relentless in your prayers for believers everywhere.
James 1:14 People are tempted when their desires take them in a direction different from where God would have them go.
King James
Proverbs 7:8–12 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: 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.)
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

What makes deception believable?

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Proverbs 7:13–20 She embraced him, kissed him, and boldly said, “I offered a sacrifice today and have enough meat for a feast at home. So I came out to meet you, looking to see your handsome face, and I have found you. My bed has clean sheets and a colorful spread made of the finest Egyptian cloth, perfumed with wonderful fragrances. Come, let’s make love until morning, delighting ourselves in sexual pleasure. My husband is away on a long journey, so I’m home alone. He left with plenty of money and won’t be home until the next full moon.”
King James
Proverbs 7:13–20 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.

How are invitations made irresistible?

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Proverbs 7:21–23 Her smooth, enticing words melted his will, and he yielded to her invitation. He followed her like an ox being led to slaughter, like a deer stepping into a trap, like a bird caught in a snare, unaware that his lust would penetrate his being like an arrow and take his life.
King James
Proverbs 7:21–23 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.

Why do people sometimes ignore stern warnings?

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Proverbs 7:24–27 My sons, listen to me. Pay attention to what I say. Don’t open your heart to her ways and go where she would lead you. She has wounded and destroyed many lives. Her house will take you straight to death and the grave.
King James
Proverbs 7:24–27 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.