Monday, August 30, 2010

Proverbs 5

Pro 5:1  My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
Pro 5:2  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
Pro 5:3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
Pro 5:4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Pro 5:5  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Pro 5:6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

This paying attention thing seems to be a big focus item when talking about wisdom and what we're receiving from Proverbs.  It is not passive listening or aimlessly reading and hoping for the best.  To ensure our newly attained knowledge is not fleeting, we have to pay attention.

If we look at the next few verses with a few different possible readings in mind, it becomes more interesting than the initial speed read I gave it.  If we think of it as a warning for Israel to avoid foreign Gods, it would be telling telling them that those gods look appealing abut the end of that activity is death.  If we look at this woman as worldly wisdom, the implications are the same.  Of course the most obvious reading is a literal prostitute, which also has the same effect.

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