Ancient wisdom for today (7)

August 7th 2012, Day 7, Proverbs 7

Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. Do what I say and you’ll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it! Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart. Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion. They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress— that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress. Proverbs 7: 1-5 (The Message)

This passage goes on to talk about a young man getting caught up with a married woman who seduces him (verses 21-23),

“Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop, like a stag lured into ambush and then shot with an arrow, like a bird flying into a net not knowing that its flying life is over”

And ends with the warning (verses 24-27),

“…don’t fool around with a woman like that don’t even stroll through her neighbourhood. Countless victims come under her spell; she’s the death of many a poor man. She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin”

The passage from 2 days ago is encouraging fidelity – this one continues the same theme, adding that what may seem like an attractive relationship situation can quickly turn into something with far more serious consequences.

Some of the ‘popular’ newspapers in the UK like to call a man who cheats on his wife a ‘love rat’ – I’m sure that most people caught up in this kind of thing don’t walk into betraying their marriage vows deliberately intending to cause harm or pain to their spouse… but a little thinking ahead could save a lot of unnecessary pain for all concerned.