Proverbs 5:1-6 (NIV)
My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my words of insight,
that you may maintain discretion
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life;
her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
Proverbs 5:1-6 (KJV)
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
So far, at the beginning of each chapter of Proverbs, we have been advised to search for wisdom and understanding and hold it to us closely, or else we will fall into some kind of trap of sin. These traps are easy to fall into, unless we are using Scriptures lenses. The trap presented here is relationships. We’re not necessary talking about the boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife relationships (although those have a much bigger effect here) but more so, who we choose to be closest to, and how their influence affects us.
Think of some of the relationships that you had/have, whether that be current or past, friends, or a special someone. What are some of your positive relationships? What are some of your relationships that have influenced you negatively? Whether it be positive, or negative, your relationships with those people were probably very close.
This passage is warning us of negative influences. It’s telling us that there are going to be people out there, that you will be very attracted to. Metaphorically, with lips that drip honey and speech that is smoother than oil, it’s going to be very hard to stay away from kissing that mouth. A mouth that is smoother than oil is going to be able to draw us right in, and as soon as we get a taste of that ever so sweet honey, it’s going to be hard to get yourself away, we are just going to be wanting more! It’s a terrible trap! In the end we are so distracted by the honey, that we don’t realize the damage that is being done to us. We get so caught up in the pleasures of it all, we don’t realize that we are being cut with a two edged sword, that we are following their footsteps to death, and we to start to wonder aimlessly without knowing it. We become lost. Not only is honey very sweet, but it is also sticky! It’s hard to clean up.
As we are choosing our friends, as we are choosing our boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands/wives, we need to keep to the Lord’s wisdom and understanding. We must ask ourselves, how is this person going to reflect our relationship with Jesus Christ? Be warned not to be talked in by their smooth talk, and sweet lips. Hold onto the Lord’s discretion and knowledge, don’t let yourselves be fooled into a relationship that will harm you. Remember, in all that you do, and all the troubles we get ourselves in, the Lord is always there to give us a hand, to free us from the bondage of our sins. All we need to do is go to Him in prayer, and ask for it. Seek the Lord, and He will return you to His path of righteous. There is nothing to great for Him, no trap to deep for Him to pull us out of. Seek the Lord first.
If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit.
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