PROVERB PRACTICALS  

 

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.

This man may be mighty of muscle, mighty of build, mighty of prowess, but she needs not muscle, she needs not build, she needs not prowess.

She simply uses that which will destroy the mightiest of men who are void of understanding.

She only uses her fair speech, and her flattering lips to force the man, for she plays to his

un-hedged heart, to his mind empty of understanding.

She plays to his lust of the flesh, the lust of his eyes, and the pride that he takes in living the good life.

He goeth after her straightway.

This means he does not think of what is ahead.

He does not consider the pitfalls, the traps, the problems that will come his way.

Just like a big ox heading for the slaughter knows nothing of what is coming.

Just like the fool who continues his foolish living and ends up being punished and still does not know why.

Just like the little bird that hurries to the bait with an excitement only a bird after a morsel could feel, but the poor little creature sees not the snare that is triggered by his own efforts.

But had the boy had a father that prepared him by wisdom his fall would have been avoided for we are told that a boy trained up in the way that he should go will not depart from it.

So this proverbs father very graphically describes to his son the experience that he observed from his latticed window.

He does not shut his eyes to this evil nor does he keep this instruction from his son.

He does not bury his head in the sand and pretend that this future possibility will somehow bypass his son.

Being simple concerning evil involves the practice of evil, not the existence of evil.

The simple, concern themselves with the practice of evil and do not recognize the existence of evil.

This father shows the existence of evil and prepares his son to defend against it.

Godly young people should be na´ve or simple in the practice of evil, but not in their understanding of evil.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciples this in:

Matthew 10:16,  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Know the evil that is there but cause no harm.

There has to be a discernment between the good and the evil.

Again we come back to the scripture where we are taught that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it.

This father uses this experience to hammer that truth home by using the way of the young man void of understanding.

For this is of the utmost a serious business because it concerns eternal things.

As we see as he continues his instruction. Go to Proverbs 7:24-27