Herein lies a chapter on the wisdom of staying at home. Like a father giving instruction to his son, he says listen to me and put value to my words. There are many fascinating, exciting, interesting, enticing things out there in the city, the world, but they are not necessarily beneficial to you. Keep wisdom close to your heart, value understanding as close friend, and treasure my teachings as the apple of your eye, so that they will keep you from adulterous temptations. Describing the many enticements of an alluring woman, and the folly of following her home the young man has started this venture by putting himself in her path, passing through the street near her corner. It seems he knew about this location and made provision to position himself in her path, which is a crooked one that will eventually lead to destruction.
She says to him so coyly, ” I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows.” So you can tell she is a good girl, she goes to temple and offers prayers. What could be wrong with that? Enticed with her purity the son follows her as an ox goes to slaughter. He does not know that it will cost him his life. Verse 23.
In todays world sex outside of marriage is so common place, so prevalent, it is expected in a relationship before marriage, yet that does not make it right, or pleasing to God. In our times these writings should be expanded from fornication and adultery to pornography also. Jesus taught that the sins of the mind were as valid as the actual deed itself. Matthew 5. 21-37, “To hate is as bad as murder, to lust is as bad as adultery itself, make no fabulous vow other than your own word, if you have integrity it will be enough.”
What is in your heart cannot be hidden, it will be revealed in your words, your actions, no matter how subtle, and in your overall persona. If your heart is full of hate it will show up in your words, if your heart is full of pride it will come out in your attitudes to others, if your heart is full of lust it will show up in what you glance at, and everyone will see. Fill your minds, and your hearts with purity, with love of God, love of your family, and love for your neighbor. Make no provision for your flesh, follow no wicked paths.