PROVERB PRACTICALS  

 

Proverbs 7:9-15,  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 subtle 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.)   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.

So with an impudent face she said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.

An impudent face is a face that expresses no modesty, a face that is shameless, a face that is bold with contempt of others.

It is a saucy face, it is a face that transgresses the rules of decorum (propriety, behavior, conduct).

God gives us this word impudent so that we may look into the heart of this woman and see the deceit that underlies her words.

She not only deceives but is deceived herself.

The essence of a deceitful heart is that it deceives the owner into thinking that whatever they do is right.

The heart of man convinces man of other than the truth.

But Godís word gives us a clear picture of the heart of this woman and in so doing we may also see our own heart for the Word of God is light, lighting the darkness inside of us.

So this woman with the attire of an harlot, this woman who is subtle of heart, this woman who is loud and stubborn, this woman who would rather be in places other than her house, kisses him, she expresses an impudent face, she has her peace offerings with her and pays her vows all in the same sentence ,and most likely without blinking an eye for her heart has deceived her into seeing herself as pure.

She mixes her religion with her depravity, debauchery and hypocrisy for that is what her religion is composed of.

Come with me to my house for I have just paid my vows and there is plenty meat left over from my sacrifice to be eaten at a festive occasion.

This woman was a woman outside the hedge of the Word of God, a woman who perhaps mixed a pagan fertility religion with the religion of the Jew and she was able to make the fulfillment of her vow in perverted sexual behavior.

For many religions are havens for perversion.

She uses the technical word of Lev. 3:1 for the "peace-offerings," and makes them the starting-point for her sin.

She has paid her vows which means that her God has performed certain benefits for her and her sacrifice, called a peace offering, has been paid.

But that which is sacrificed in payment of a vow must be eaten the same day or the next day but the third day must be burned.

This law is given to us in Leviticus 7:16,  But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

Knowing there is no real feast without a guest and since her husband is out of town she seeks the young man who is void of understanding.

Most likely this woman is a "foreigner" or stranger to Israel, perhaps from Phoenicia, who finds it politically correct to outwardly conform to the religion of Israel.

But she still retains her old religion, and a feast-day in Israel to her is nothing but a time of self-indulgence, which she may invite another to share with her.

So her religion gives her the power to have an impudent face, it gives her the confidence for her pride to be king in her life.

She is proud of what she is and has no patience with those who would not condone living her life her way.

She takes comfort in her religion for it not only condones her way but it encourages her way.

For that is the way of religion that is made in manís image and not in the image of God.

Proverbs 7:13-15,  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, 14I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

From this passage we can see that these two people, the simple youth void of understanding and this married woman knew each other.

Opportunity was knocking, the good man of the house was gone on a far journey, she had just paid her vows, she had the meat ready to prepare for this one who she intended to seduce by her cunning and ingenious plan.

She continues with her seductive ways and this youth has no arsenal from which to repel her wiles.

He is as hunters would say, a sitting duck ready to be killed and consumed and is incapable of resistance.

Her heart continues to beguile the youth void of understanding.  Go to Proverbs 7:16-20