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Monday, July 17, 2017

Year One, July 18

Flee Youthful Passions1
The sad case of Samson reminds us of the warnings in the book of Proverbs against that treacherous form of sin. Evil company is always dangerous, but keeping company with persons whose lives are impure is deadly. May the young men of the household take today’s lesson to heart. It has been hard to write, but a sense of duty has forced it on us.
  
Proverbs 7:1-18; 21-27
1 My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
Treasure up this warning as a precious thing. It may keep you from becoming miserable and heartbroken in your old age.
2 keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Keep the commandments of the Bible at your finger tips and in the center of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words,
As good women are our greatest blessings, so bad women are among the worst curses in the world. Flee immoral women. Do not listen to their words. To show us how wicked they are, Solomon tells us a true story. Let us read it with the sincere prayer that none of us will ever act like this foolish young man.
6 For at the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
7 and I have seen among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man lacking sense,
The young man does not have grace in his heart or common sense in his head.
8 passing along the street near her corner
taking the road to her house
He would have been much better off taking a long detour rather than going past her house.
9 in the twilight, in the evening,
at the time of night and darkness.
Being out late leads to no good.
10 And behold, the woman meets him,
dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
11 She is loud and wayward;
her feet do not stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the market,
and at every corner she lies in wait.
If she was someone who was okay to be with, she would have been at home at this hour of the night.
13 She seizes him and kisses him
and with bold face she says to him,
14 “I had to offer sacrifices,
and today I have paid my vows;
O the wickedness of those who combine religion with their filthiness. It was only part of the bait she used to trap the foolish young man.
15 so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
This was another lie. She only pretended he was special to her. Beware of these deceivers.
16 I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with her smooth talk she compels him.
What a servant of Satan was she! There are many like her, who trap fools in their nets.
22 All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
The ox has no idea of what is coming, or he would never enter the slaughterhouse. Wicked young men do not realize their sin is leading them to a terrible slaughterhouse.
or as a stag is caught fast
A deer, thinking it has found a meal, goes to the bait only to be caught in the trap the hunter has set. A foolish man, thinking he has found pleasure, goes to this wicked woman only to be ensnared in the trap she has prepared. What he thinks is rare fun, soon turns to disaster.
23 till an arrow pierces its liver;
The deer soon feels the pain of the hunter’s arrow. The foolish man’s pleasures will soon be followed by the suffering his folly brings.
as a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.
The life of both his body and his soul will be ruined by his wicked acts.
24 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths,
26 for many a victim has she laid low,
and all her slain are a mighty throng,
Samson and Solomon paid dearly because they did not steer clear from these types of women.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.
Strong language, but not too strong. If young people knew what would finally happen as a result of their unclean actions, they would rather burn their flesh with fire, or sleep with venomous snakes, than have any close friendship with sexually impure persons. Young women, should detest those vulgar fellows whose actions should not even be talked about. Everyone, whether they are young or old, male or female, should be disgusted by any lewd thoughts, words, or actions in what they read, watch, or take part in.
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1 2 Timothy 2:22

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