I post papers I have written, some during my graduate and post-graduate studies, some in response to other papers, and some written for other purposes like Sunday school classes or Bible studies. I also post observations on whatever comes to my mind and videos from teaching sessions.
Proverbs 7:3 (NKJV) — 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Bind and write. Binding the commandments on the fingers and writing them on the heart is obvious symbolism. A person’s fingers are generally always in front of him; thus, the Word of God should be kept always before a person. Writing the Word upon the tablet of the heart speaks of meditation and memorization.
Proverbs 7:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.
Keep your eye focused upon truth. It is necessary to go beyond academic knowledge to actual practice: “Keep my words.” The commandments should be “treasured” as one would store a valuable commodity, and then they should be kept. Those who move beyond academic knowledge to experiential knowledge will find that the commands, when obeyed, produce life.
Proverbs 6:34–35 (NKJV) — 34 For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.
Adultery invites violence. A man who commits adultery with another man’s wife sets himself up for revenge and possibly even violent death.
Nothing will appease in the case of adultery. The man who has been sinned against cannot be paid off. No matter how many gifts are given, he will never forget his humiliation and anger until he has gotten vengeance. This sin is instrumental in the breakdown of families, neighborhoods, and nations. A violation of the marriage vow is a violation of the most basic foundation of society.
Proverbs 6:33 (NKJV) — 33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.
While God will forgive the sin of adultery if it is confessed and forsaken, the adulterer lives under a permanent reproach in society. All sin brings condemnation, but some sins have more severe earthly, social consequences.
Proverbs 6:30–31 (NKJV) — 30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
Thievery is wrong under any circumstances. But if someone steals because he is genuinely hungry, people do not despise him, though they will make him pay with a severe penalty.
Proverbs 6:27–29 (NKJV) — 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
The penalty for moral impurity is certain. It is impossible to dabble in moral impurity and to emerge unscathed. Involvement in moral impurity is compared to fire and hot coals. It may look alluring and attractive, but once embraced it burns and destroys. The sense of the Hebrew word translated touches is “to make physical contact with.” Touching another man’s wife results in the breaking down of barriers that guard against immorality.
Proverbs 6:26 (NKJV) — 26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
Immorality is a thief and a killer. Immorality will gradually take from a person all he has gained, until at last he has nothing and is forced to beg even for food. The immoral person hunts, which means there is a prey. Ultimately, someone who falls into moral impurity will pay with his life. The devil is the enemy, and he will do anything possible to trap and destroy God’s children. Just as a hunter stalks his prey, so does the evil one.
Proverbs 6:25 (NKJV) — 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
The false beauty of immorality. There is a beauty in holiness (Psalm 29:2). There is a false beauty in immorality, a beauty that depends on the artificial attraction of suggestive actions, seductive clothing, and makeup. The Pulpit Commentary says, “The eyelids are the instruments by which the amorous woman beguiles or catches her victims. She allures him by her glances. . . . Allusion may possibly be made to the custom of Eastern women painting the eyelids to give brilliancy and expression; II Kings 9:30. (See also Jeremiah 4:30; Ezekiel 23:40.) The wise man will not separate the immoral woman’s “beauty” from her person; her “beauty” is simply a subterfuge to trap the unwary.
Proverbs 6:24 (NKJV) — 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
Submission to parents is a guard against moral impurity. In general, before children disobey God they first disobey their parents. In contrast to the instruction and admonition of godly parents, the evil woman uses flattery to seduce her victim.