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The early chapters of Proverbs present a vivid description of an encounter between a pathetic, silly younger man and a wily, adulterous lady. On the window of my home I’ve seemed out via my lattice, and I’ve seen among the many easy, I’ve perceived among the many youths, a younger man missing sense, passing alongside the road close to her nook, taking the highway to her home within the twilight, within the night, on the time of night time and darkness. First this younger man encounters her, then he’s led astray by her, then he turns into captive to her, then he’s totally destroyed by her. With a lot seductive speech she persuades him; along with her clean speak she compels him. All of sudden he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught quick until an arrow pierces its liver; as a hen rushes right into a snare; he doesn’t know that it’ll price him his life.

This silly younger man follows that lady to his personal destruction. Its key to understanding the passage, and the very nature of temptation, to notice that the younger man isn’t any sufferer right here. Nothing has occurred that’s towards his will or against his needs. So far as Proverbs is worried, this younger man is absolutely morally culpable. He needed to be caught! We needed to be caught as a result of he needed to indulge.

What did he try this was so evil and so unwise? It was not simply falling for the wiles of this lady, however for being close to her within the first place. Right here is how a involved father warns his sons about falling for that very same sin: O sons, take heed to me, and don’t depart from the phrases of my mouth. Preserve your approach removed from her, and don’t go close to the door of her home. He pleads with younger males that they flee this wanton lady, that they refuse to go close to her, that they train life-preserving, soul-saving wisdomthe knowledge to remain far-off from conditions or circumstances through which they’ll knowingly and culpably face such extreme temptation.

This proverb describes fact that’s common and timeless. But it has typically struck me that right here within the twenty-first century, the context for such temptation has modified considerably. This man was caught and destroyed as a result of he left the place he ought to have been to go to a spot he mustn’t have been. As an alternative of being residence he was away. As an alternative of staying the place he would safely keep away from the chance to sin, he went the place he would knowingly encounter the chance to sin. The fathers resolution is each clever and easy: Preserve your approach removed from her, and don’t go close to the door of her home.

That man may keep away from sexual temptation by staying residence. However at the moment most males who wrestle with sexual temptation wrestle extra inside their residence than outdoors of it. It isn’t a lady on the streets who requires them, however a lady on a web site. For each man who finally ends up sinning in a brothel, tens of millions extra sin by the glare of a display screen. The place that when represented security now represents hazard. Right this moment that forbidden lady is at all times accessible within the residence via our new applied sciences.

However although the context has modified, the knowledge of Proverbs stays legitimate. The battle is the samethe battle for sexual purity. The center is the samethe coronary heart that may so simply idiot itself into insisting that it could flirt with temptation however stay resistant. The struggle is fought in the identical wayby assessing the context through which temptation will come after which intentionally, doggedly avoiding it. Solomons younger man bore all of the blame as a result of he refused to take the actions that may maintain him removed from temptation. Todays younger males bear the blame once they refuse to take actions that may maintain them from falling as soon as once more for the exact same temptations.

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