Right away he followed her like an ox on the way to be slaughtered, or like a fool on the way to be punished and killed with arrows. He was no more than a bird rushing into a trap, without knowing it would cost him his life. (Proverbs 7:22, 23 CEV)
The writer of Proverbs really has something about warning his son to avoid the adulteress. We’re seven chapters into the book and there barely seems a chapter that passes without the mentioning of the purpose of wisdom being valued to avoid the adulteress.
Sometimes, though, it’s one thing to hear someone warn you against something, but it’s something else to hear the person outline a cautionary tale to reinforce the warning. On this occasion the writer goes to lengths to depict the route of downfall that takes place. From the timing of the young man’s wanderings (I wonder what else he was expecting to get in that area at that time of night) to where the woman is located and her schemes to deceive.
The warning is given after another appeal to highly treasure wisdom like a sister. That value helps as a check against anything that should come our way. First wisdom would warn us where to be at certain times of the day. This is not just a physical thing, the mind has a tendency to wander into forbidden areas, the treasure of wisdom helps to ward us from these places.
Wisdom also allows us to judge which characters to trust ourselves to based on content of what’s being offered and how it matches up to godly virtues. The appeal and seduction of words will be neutralised by the benefits of wisdom.
We wouldn’t go anywhere near the adulteress and we wouldn’t heed to any of the seductive appeal that would seek to allure and entice us into the entrapment.
It’s a good thing too, because as the writer of Proverbs outlines, that trap can be deadly.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden