Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 7


Proverbs 7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 My son, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.

Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.

Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend—

That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words.

For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.

And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,

Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman’s] corner; and he went the way to her house

In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling [over the young man’s life].

10 And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart.

11 She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;

12 Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner.

13 So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,

14 Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.

15 So I came forth to meet you [that you might share with me the feast from my offering]; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.

16 I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of 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 morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love.

19 For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;

20 He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed [at the full moon].

21 With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.

22 Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or [a]like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle

23 Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.

24 Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

25 Let not your heart incline toward her ways, do not stray into her paths.

26 For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.

27 Her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death.

2 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 7”

  1. Chapter 7

    Vs1-3: Let God’s wisdom be the prized in our eyes, as a reminder and written in our heart.
    Vs 4-6: Call Wisdom your most important friend, like a family member or your beloved. Make it an intimate companion.

    Vs 7-12: Simple-minded: immature, inexperienced and naive, lacks judgment.
    Ways of a prostitute are full of crafty intent:
    *Path leads astray the foolish man
    *Dark of night, she hides in the shadow of sinfulness
    *Dresses in gaudy attire/fashion get/ bring attention
    *Lurks in wait for a easy catch to snare
    Vs 13: Lascivious behavior starts with a bold kiss. Real romance is built over time and on a godly foundation.

    Vs 14-15: The custom of Fellowship Offering (Lev.7) was a feast. Here it is used to beguile a man (like a bad blind date) to the home of the prostitute.
    Vs 16-20: Seduction is a veil of evil with the trapping of comfort and pleasure.
    Vs 21-23: It invites one to be self-indulgent, elicits lascivious behavior and dulls your conscience to temptation.

    Vs 24-27: God tells us to listen to wisdom and pay attention to His instructions:
    *Hear what the word tells you (it will save you from missteps)
    *Guard your heart (where wisdom is written)
    *Do not turn to follow strange ways (temptations)
    *Or stray into their paths (immorality)
    *Don’t be a victim (caught in a snare)
    For the ways of evil is a path of spiritual death and separation from God.

    My Prayer:
    Father God, may all our decisions by wrought with wisdom and understanding. We are never too lost that your unfailing love cannot search us out and bring us back to your ways. Guide us Lord when we are in the valleys of indecision and doubt. Help us to hear your words in our heart and turn quickly to follow the right paths. Thank you Lord for your Grace is sufficient; in our time of weakness…your strength is made perfect. Amen

    God Bless~Zoey

  2. Day 7: Proverbs 7

    Word conversation:

    As I was reading this chapter, I immediately started talking to myself about it. I hope by seeing my process it will encourage you in yours. Here is how I read it and the conversation in my head:

    1My son, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.

    “Jenni, you can store up God’s word so that when you need it, it is there. You can keep God’s words. They can become your treasure, something you greatly value. I wonder what my storehouse of God’s word looks like? Is it scant or overflowing? How am I laying up His Word? That word “laying” implies process for me. It denotes time and effort. I think of the Egyptians laying stone after stone to build the great pyramids. Laying up the commandments of God requires me to purpose it and then to work hard at doing it. ”

    2 Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.

    “There is that word “keep” again….how am I keeping the Lord’s commandments? Is His word easily accessible in my heart or totally lost in the emotional storms that come? Am I taking care with His Word that is given to me in my life? Am I paying close attention to it and allowing it to take priority? It is only when I keep the commandments of the Lord that I truly am alive and live. What does keeping the Lord’s word as the pupil of my eye look like? The size of my pupil determines how much light is let in, I wonder what size is the pupil of my heart? How much light am I letting in so I can see clearly out? Am I looking through the Light of Him to see my world? Is my world center through His light? I know scripture says that the entrance of His word brings light. Does His word have humongous entrance to my heart?”

    3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

    “What does this mean? Rings? Why would I bind them on the fingers? Well, the ring I now wear is to proclaim to the world I am in covenant relationship with my husband. Binding the commandments of the Lord to my fingers would signify a covenant relationship with my God but also a constant reminder that all that I do, I do it to honor Him. My heart is writable. It is a place to write His words…but I can also see how life tries to write on it. I want to be careful what I allow to be written in my heart because it determines how I live.”

    4 Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend—

    “I am to have conversations with the wisdom of God? I love what I am to say to her. I am to tell her that she is my sister. That relationship is close….it means same blood. I am to regard Godly wisdom as my birthright relation. That is cool. God’s wisdom and I….I am to see as coming from and having access to God. Super cool! Furthermore, I not only have sister wisdom but best friend understanding. God provides for all my needs. Wisdom is for me, a living part of God. A part He gives me and allows me to interact with. How I think about His wisdom determine how I will relate to it. My earthly sister and I very close. So for me to think of wisdom as my sister is a very big deal.”

    ******Lord, thank you for helping me keep your commandments and to store up your word. Help me to allow the eyes of my heart to be enlightened by your word so that you are the pupil of my eye. Please teach me what to write on the table of my heart. Thank you for teaching me how to relate to your wisdom and understanding.

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