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Proverbs 31:3, Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
The heart of Lemuel’s (Lem-oo-el's) mother cries out to the son of her womb.
It cries out to the son of her vows. Did not she name him, "belonging to God?"
She has not brought her son into this world through the pain and travail of childbirth for a vain purpose.
She has not burdened him with her words of instruction for no good cause.
She has willed him to God though her vows and she intends for him to honor her by him honoring her vows.
She expects her son to bear fruit for God and to live his life for God.
But there is danger for her son, the king.
There are warnings to be heeded by her son and it is up to her to tell him of these dangers.
She realizes intensely what her responsibility as his mother is in these matters.
She does not take her vows to God lightly.
Listen to me son, she says!
What I have to tell you is all important to your life and to the life of your kingdom.
Don't give your strength to women. Don't commit your strength to ways to that which destroys kings.
Don't turn away and think that you are immune just because you are king.
You are more subject to this kind of danger because you are king!
Who will instruct a king if it is not his mother?
Who will reprove you? You who are appointed to rule?
Who will rule your passions?
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Nehemiah 13:26
The wisest man that ever lived was turned away from God by the power of women. The power of women is great, Lemuel!
For Solomon gave his strength to women instead of to God.
1 Kings 11:4, For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God,.....
1 Kings 11:5, For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,...
1 Kings 11:7, Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, ... and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
1 Kings 11:8, And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
1 Kings 11:11, Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
Lemuel! don't tell me that this is not important and that you are immune.
Are you one wiser than Solomon?
As king are you exempt from the temptations of women that constantly entice a king?
Did David's self confidence trap him as he, from his rooftop, gazed upon the beauty of Bathsheba as she washed herself?
David gave his strength to Bathsheba and it resulted in murder.
His lust for Bathsheba was only satisfied by losing his strength to her.
His lust cost David greatly and God promised that because of his despising the commandment of the LORD the sword would never depart from David's house.
David never had peace in his house because he gave his strength to women.
What of the judge Samson? Was his great physical strength any match against the wiles of beautiful Delilah?
Were his muscles enough to resist her enticements?
Who allowed himself to be outwitted?
Judges 16:6, And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.
Judges 16:10, And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.
Judges 16:13, And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound.
Judges 16:15, And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.
Judges 16:16, And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
Judges 16:17, That he told her all his heart.
Delilah wore Samson down. Little Delilah, beautiful Delilah, weak Delilah took strong Samson down.
Samson and David and Solomon gave their strength to women instead of to God.
Their allegiance to women cost them their devotion to God.
Through the lust of the flesh they placed themselves under the control of women and they lost their power with God.
They were no longer free to serve God because they choose to serve women.
God has said, "Thou shalt put no other gods before me."
Lemuel! that includes women. Women have powers over you you know not of.
You do not have strength to give to women and also strength to give to God.
Proverbs 6:26-28, For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
How can one defend against the strange woman which flattereth with her words;
Proverbs. 5:3, For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
The burden that Lemuel’s mother has for her son is: Don't allow women to control your life.
She is concerned To whom he gives his strength?
Who does he allow to control him? Is his allegiance to women instead of God.
If he allows control by women he hinders himself from serving God!
Women, take note! Do you hinder your mate from serving God!
Does your husband give his strength to you when he should be involved in service to God?
Do you make demands on him that place him in a position of choosing to serve you instead of obeying the will of God?
How often has a women pleaded or even demanded of her husband to stay near her home instead of answering the call of God to serve in some far away place or even in some near place like the local church?
Is not this the act of a whorish woman who desires the strength of the man be given her?
It ought not to be found in any woman who desires to please God!
"PROVERB PRACTICALS" Article in "The Projector" for Proverbs 31:3, GIVE NOT THY STRENGTH UNTO WOMEN