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2018 October 9
Proverbs 7

The Stolen Kiss (late 1780s)
Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806)
Rococo Style
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts a couple stealing love from others, as in today's chapter of Proverbs. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Proverbs 7, Solomon commands his son to keep his sayings and to make wisdom his kinswoman so that he might be delivered from the persuasions and the allurements of the whorish woman.
     Solomon tells his son to keep his commandments as if they were the apple (pupil) of his eye. He must bind them upon his fingers and write them on the table of his heart. He should treat wisdom as if it were his sister and understanding as his kinswoman. If he does this they will keep him from the strange woman who flatters with her words (1-5).
     To increase the impact of his lesson, Solomon gives an example which he observed of a woman seducing a young man. He was looking out his window when he saw a young man who had no understanding. He was passing by the house of an adulteress at twilight. She came to him subtly, dressed like a harlot. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not abide in her house; she goes about from place to place and lies in wait at every corner). So she caught him; she kissed him; and, with an impudent face, she told him that she had peace offerings with her and had just paid her vows to the LORD. (This was a claim to be religious and to be at peace with the LORD). Therefore, she said, she came to seek him. She had decked her bed with tapestry, with carved works, and with fine linen from Egypt. She perfumed her bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. So she invited him to come with her and to take their fill of love and to be joyful in it (6-18).
     She said that the man of the house was not at home. He had gone on a long (or remote) journey (road). He took a bag of money and would not be home until the day appointed. With her seductive speech and her flattering lips she compelled him. Instantly he went with her like an ox to the slaughter, or a fool to the correction of the stocks until a spear strikes through his liver, or as a bird hastens to a snare, not knowing it is for his life (19-23).
     Solomon therefore tells his children to hearken to his words, to not allow his heart to decline from the ways of wisdom, and to not go astray from it, because she cast down many wounded. Even strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death (24-27).

     [ Sermons: Dick Lucas. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Proverbs 7: Proverbs 5. Proverbs 6. Proverbs 8. Proverbs 9. ]
[1] Proverbs 1:8; Proverbs 3:1; Luke 8:15.
[2] Proverbs 4:13; Psalm 17:8.
[3] Proverbs 3:3; Deuteronomy 11:18-20.
[4] Proverbs 4:6-8.
[5] Proverbs 2:16; Proverbs 5:3.
[6-10] Proverbs 5:8; Job 24:13-15; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Timothy 2:9.
[11] Proverbs 9:13.
[12] Proverbs 9:14; Proverbs 23:28.
[13] Genesis 39:7, 12.
[14] Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 21:27.
[21] Proverbs 5:3.
[23] Proverbs 9:18.
[24] Proverbs 8:32-33.
[25] Proverbs 6:25.
[26] Proverbs 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:8; 1 Peter 2:11.
[27] Proverbs 2:18-19; Proverbs 5:5; Proverbs 9:18; Ecclesiastes 7:26.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Proverbs 7 - #1. Proverbs 7 - #2. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Proverbs Detailed Outline

The Proverbs are grouped into two Collections, each having 2 Sections, with various Sub-Sections. (See the Detailed Outline above and below).

1. Collection 1 - Proverbs of Solomon & the Wise (Solomon's Collection)
     (1:1 - 24:34) - 968 - 946 B.C., Israel
     A. Section 1 - Proverbs of Solomon (1:1 - 22:16)
          1). Sub-Section 1 - "The Proverbs of Solomon, Son of David" (1:1 - 9:18)
               a). Purpose: To teach the fear of the LORD, the beginning of wisdom (1:1-7, esp. 7)
               b). Precepts: The seductions of folly verses the attractions of wisdom (1:8 - 9:18)
                    (1). Part 1: (1:8 - 4:27)
                         (a). Folly: Wicked Companions Bring Death (1:8-19)
                         (b). Wisdom: Wisdom Brings Life and reward (1:20 - 4:27)
                    (2). Part 2: (5:1 - 6:19)
                         (a). Folly: Adulterous Women Bring Suffering and Death (5:1-15)
                         (b). Wisdom: Safety from Marital Love + Diligence in Wisdom (5:16 - 6:19)
                    (3). Part 3: (6:20 - 9:18)
                         (a). Folly: Adulterous Women Bring Deceit & Death (6:20 - 7:27)
                         (b). Wisdom: It Brings Favor from the LORD, Kings, & Rulers (8:1 - 9:18)

Proverbs 7

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 My son,
keep my words,
and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments,
and live;
and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers,
write them upon table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom,
Thou art my sister;
and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman,
from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones,
I discerned among the youths,
a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner;
and went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight,
in the evening,
in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold,
there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot,
and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn;
her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without,
now in the streets,
and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him,
and kissed him,
and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me;
this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee,
diligently to seek thy face,
and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry,
with carved works,
with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning:
let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home,
he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him,
and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield,
with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway,
as an ox goeth to the slaughter,
or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver;
as a bird hasteth to the snare,
and knoweth not that it is for his life.

24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children,
and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways,
go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded:
yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell,
going down to the chambers of death.

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