Before moving on to the next chapter of Proverbs there is something more about chapter five I want to share. The Abomination of Harlotry | Darwin Is Right Charles Spurgeon is one of the most famous ministers of the 1800’s and his sermons are quoted by ministers on a daily basis today. Here is part of his sermon on Proverbs 5 which gives us some understanding as to why so many people in this world would rather run to sin than run to Christ. His sermons are as applicable today as they were when he delivered them.
DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY
MORNING, FFBRUARY 13, 1870,
“His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.”—Proverbs 5:22.
The first sentence has reference to a net, in which birds or beasts are taken. The ungodly man first of all finds sin to be a bait, and, charmed by its apparent pleasantness he indulges in it, and then he becomes entangled in its meshes so that he cannot escape. That which first attracted the sinner, afterwards detains him. Evil habits are soon formed, the soul readily becomes accustomed to evil, and then, even if the man should have lingering thoughts of better things, and form frail resolutions to amend, his iniquities hold him captive like a bird in the fowler’s snare. You have seen the foolish fly descend into the sweet which is spread to destroy him, he sips, and sips again, and by-and-by he plunges boldly in to feast himself greedily: when satisfied, he attempts to fly, but the sweet holds him by the feet and clogs his wings; he is a victim, and the more he struggles the more surely is he held. Even so is it with the sins of ungodly men, they are at first a tempting bait, and afterwards a snare. Having sinned, they become so bewitched with sin, that the scriptural statement is no exaggeration: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
The first sentence of the text also may have reference to an arrest by an officer of law. The transgressor’s own sins shall take him, shall seize him; they bear a warrant for arresting him, they shall judge him, they shall even execute him. Sin, which at the first bringeth to man a specious pleasure, ere long turneth into bitterness, remorse, and fear. Sin is a dragon, with eyes like stars, but it carrieth a deadly sting in its tail. The cup of sin, with rainbow bubbles on its brim, is black with deep damnation in its dregs. O that men would consider this, and turn from their delusions. To bring torment to the guilty, there is little need that God should, literally in the world to come, pile up Tophet with its wood and much smoke, nor even that the pit should be digged for the ungodly in order to make them miserable; sin shall of itself bring forth death. Leave a man to his own sins, and hell itself surrounds him; only suffer a sinner to do what he wills, and to give his lusts unbridled headway, and you have secured him boundless misery; only allow the seething caldron of his corruptions to boil at its own pleasure, and the man must inevitably become a vessel filled with sorrow. Be assured that sin is the root of bitterness. Gild the pill as you may, iniquity is death. Sweet is an unholy morsel in the mouth, but it will be wormwood in the bowels. Let but man heartily believe this, and surely he will not so readily be led astray. “Surely in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird,” and shall man be more foolish than the fowls of the air? will he wilfully pursue his own destruction? will he wrong his own soul? Sin, then, becomes first a net to hold the sinner by the force of custom and habit, and afterwards, a sheriffs officer to arrest him, and to scourge him with its inevitable results.
The second sentence of our text speaks of the sinner being holden with cords, and a parable may be readily fashioned out of the expression. The lifelong occupation of the ungodly man is to twist ropes of sin. All his sins are as so much twine and cord out of which ropes may be made. His thoughts and his imaginations are so much raw material, and while he thinks of evil, while he contrives transgression, while he lusts after filthiness, while he follows after evil devices, while with head, and hand, and heart he pursues eagerly after mischief, he is still twisting evermore the cords of sin which are afterwards to bind him. The binding meant is that of a culprit pinioned for execution. Iniquity pinions a man, disables him from delivering himself from its power, enchains his soul, and inflicts a bondage on the spirit far worse than chaining of the body. Sin cripples all desires after holiness, damps every aspiration after goodness, and thus, fettering the man hand and foot, delivers him over to the executioner, which executioner shall be the wrath of God, but also sin itself, in the natural consequences which in every case must flow from it. Samson could burst asunder green withes and new ropes, but when at last his darling sin had bound him to his Delilah, that bond he could not snap, though it cost him his eyes. Make a man’s will a prisoner, and he is a captive indeed. Determined independence of spirit walks at freedom in a tyrant’s Bastille, and defies a despot’s hosts; but a mind enslaved by sin builds its own dungeon, forges its own fetters, and rivets on its chains. It is slavery indeed when the iron enters into the soul. Who would not scorn to make himself a slave to his baser passions? and yet the mass of men are such—the cords of their sins bind them. Read More
Now on to the point of this article. As with Proverbs 5 so does Proverbs 6 deal with not only the harlotry of a nation but of individuals. God considers both an abomination.
Psalm 106:39 (NKJV)
106:39 Thus they were defiled by their own works,
And played the harlot by their own deeds.
As we saw how God dealt with Adam and Eve individually for their sins he also dealt with them and satan as a group for all their sins. We have seen time and time again throughout history nation after nation has been dealt with for their unbelief and defiance of God and his word. We see throughout the bible just how God not only dealt with Israel as a nation but also with individuals who sinned against him.
Psalm 106:6-38 (NKJV)
6 We have sinned with our fathers, We have committed iniquity, We have done wickedly.
7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, But rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea.
8 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known. 9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; So He led them through the depths, As through the wilderness. 10 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 The waters covered their enemies; There was not one of them left. 12 Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.
13 They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. 15 And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul.
16 When they envied Moses in the camp, And Aaron the saint of the Lord, 17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, And covered the faction of Abiram. 18 A fire was kindled in their company; The flame burned up the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeb, And worshiped the molded image. 20 Thus they changed their glory
Into the image of an ox that eats grass. 21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea.
23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.
24 Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, 25 But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the Lord. 26 Therefore He raised His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness, 27 To overthrow their descendants among the nations, And to scatter them in the lands.
28 They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, And ate sacrifices made to the dead. 29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them. 30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, And the plague was stopped. 31 And that was accounted to him for righteousness To all generations forevermore.
32 They angered Him also at the waters of strife, So that it went ill with Moses on account of them; 33 Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the peoples, Concerning whom the Lord had commanded them, 35 But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works; 36 They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. 37 They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons, 38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood. 39 Thus they were defiled by their own works,
And played the harlot by their own deeds.
40 Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, So that He abhorred His own inheritance. 41 And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, And those who hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43 Many times He delivered them; But they rebelled in their counsel, And were brought low for their iniquity.
One sad charge against people today is that they have completely thrown any notion of personnel accountability out the window. They refuse to except responsibility for their own bad behavior. And it seems as though the entire world is behaving badly. Nothing has brought this point out more than our own election process here in America. You have groups of people who are doing anything they can to cover up the bad behavior of their candidate while trying to manipulate others into joining with them in their folly. By doing so they are helping to enable their candidate in their own bad behavior. Enablers | Darwin Is Right From individuals to groups of people they have shown that they are willing to stoop to any level to get what they want. And ultimately what those in power want is more power. Satan is using so many sources and individuals to accomplish his goal of enslaving the entire world and separating it from it’s creator. And if you just stand back and look at it with your own eyes it sure looks like he is doing just that. But God has given us a new set of eyes to look through.
Romans 8 (NKJV)
Free from Indwelling Sin
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. Read More
Sin required accountability. Personal accountability as well as national accountability. The bible tells us that the road is narrow that leads to heaven and that the road is wide that leads to destruction. And it is so much easier to walk on that wide path. But the reward is different for both.
Matthew 7:13-27 (NKJV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
I made a statement in an earlier study that the Book of Proverbs can be called The Book of Honesty. As these studies go on if you are not willing to be honest with yourself then the only way that things can go is down. Because those who are caught in that snare of sin that Charles Spurgeon talks about are caught in a trap that will only take them in the direction towards the gates of hell. That is where that wide path leads to. And although it is the easy path to take we need to turn to God and allow him to put us on that narrow path and keep us on it.
Proverbs 6:1 “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,”
Surety for they friend means to put up security for someone else’s loan.
This is just saying you are responsible for the note this other person has made. The foolishness here is making one’s self responsible for another’s debt and pledging to pay if the other defaults.
While there is a precedent for such a practice, it is far better to give to those in need or lend without interest.
Young people, many times, do not realize that they could have to pay the whole debt for something they did not receive by just signing an innocent looking piece of paper. When this chapter of Proverbs was written, a hand shake was just as binding as notarized notes are today. Our society has gone debt crazy. We buy things on time that we should not have bought at all, because we do not have the money to pay for it. The #1 cause of divorce in America is debt.
Proverbs 6:2 “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
Anyone who becomes responsible for another person’s debt is trapped and controlled because he has yielded control of what God has given him as a stewardship.
Proverbs 6:3 “Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.”
This is very good advice about to be given in verses 3 through 5; get off the note.
The situation is so serious that it is imperative to take control of one’s own God given resources and get out of such an intolerable arrangement immediately “deliver yourself”, before coming to poverty or slavery.
Proverbs 6:4 “Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.” Proverbs 6:5 “Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.”
This is just saying, don’t even wait until tomorrow, go today and beg your friend to let you off of this note. Just as a deer escapes from the hunter or a bird from a net, you will be free and not responsible for someone else’s note.
We are seeing in these parables just good rules for living successful business lives. These parables are to help us prosper in all that we do.
Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”
A warning against laziness is appropriate after the discussion on the folly of guaranteeing someone else’s debt, since it is often lazy people who want sureties.
The ant is an example of industry, diligence and planning and serves as a rebuke to a sluggard (a lazy person who lacks self control). Folly sends a lazy man to learn from an ant.
Proverbs 6:7 “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,” Proverbs 6:8 “Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.”
God does not like for us to be lazy (sluggard). The ant throughout history has shown great industry. It is wise to follow someone or something that teaches us good habits. The ant works without another ant over him and, yet, gets his work done and done well. The ant prepares ahead and is never short of food. We can learn a lesson from the ant. We should not have to be driven to work, but should do our work, because it needs to be done. We should work hard and prepare ahead for the winter.
Proverbs 6:9 “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” Proverbs 6:10 “[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:”
This lazy person (sluggard) loves to sleep late rather than to work. This lazy person uses every kind of excuse to avoid work. He says,” I have to sleep a little, I do not have time to work right now”.
Proverbs 6:11 “So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
Poverty will come upon a person who does not want to work. Money is earned by the sweat of the brow and with busy hands. People, who do not like to work, receive no money. This is just a warning against being lazy and a sleepy head.
Just as a victim is overcome by a robber, so is the lazy man with his devotion to sleep rather than work, is led to poverty.
Proverbs 6:12 “A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.”
This naughty, wicked man is an example of what none of us want to be. This man would not be a truthful person, but would be someone who lies to get his way or for evil gain.
This “naughty” or worthless person is a considered a scoundrel, literally a “man of Belial”, (meaning useless) a term which came to be used of the Devil himself (see 2 Cor. 6:15)
Proverbs 6:13 “He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;”
We see from this description and other descriptions of winking with the eye that it is used to trick people. This speaking with his feet shows that he is running to mischief. This talking with his fingers indicates evil gestures of the fingers. We have talked before about the mouth speaking from the issue of the heart. As the man thinketh in his heart, the mouth speaketh.
Apparently this was common in the East. Fearing detection and to hide his intention, the deceiver spoke lies to the victim while giving signals with his eyes, hands and feet to someone else in on the deception to carry out the intrigue.
Proverbs 6:14 “Frowardness [is] in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.”
“Frowardness” refers to moral perversity. The sin of strife, dissent or creating conflict intentionally recurs in Proverbs.
Evil men, with evil hearts, speak evil words. This evil person is continually thinking up ways to do wickedness. This man is not a peace maker. He is continually causing fussing and fighting because he spreads strife.
Proverbs 6:15 “Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.”
God will not always overlook this evil. There is a day of reckoning. When God decides that reckoning day is here, it comes suddenly as a thief in the night. When God says it is enough, there will be nowhere for him to turn to. When God judges, his punishment will fit his crime.
In verses 16-19 we see the words six and seven. The sequence of these two numbers was used both to represent totality and as a means of arresting attention. These 7 detestable sins provide a profound glimpse into the sinfulness of man. These verses act as a summary of the previous warnings: (1) Haughty eyes; (2) Lying tongue; (3) Hands; (4) Heart; (5) Feet; (6) (False witness; 7) Discord.
Proverbs 6:16 “These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:”
We see here that there are some sins that God will just not tolerate. They are so terrible in His sight that He calls them an abomination. These 7 abominations to God just mean that they cover all the abominations.
Proverbs 6:17 “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,”
Haughtiness (a proud look) or you might say conceit is unacceptable unto God. Whatever we are, we have no reason for bragging about it, because God made us what we are; we had nothing to do with it. Even a king is a king because God planned it. You see, that leaves us no room to brag.
The tongue is the most evil part of the body and to add lying to it really is terrible in God’s sight. Jesus is the truth. Everything of God is based on truth, so you can see how awful it is to lie. The hands should be used as tools of mercy, not as instruments of death to the innocent. You can easily see why these three top the list of sins that God hates.
Proverbs 6:18 “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,”
The heart is either desperately wicked or pure. God will judge our hearts, not our deeds. These wicked imaginations here are speaking of people who imagine evil things which cause trouble for other people. “Feet” as in verse 13; in the Scripture of the evil man, we learned that an evil person is eager to get into all kinds of mischief.
Proverbs 6:19 “A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
In court, a false witness is said to purger himself. If the court finds that person has given a false witness, the court will prosecute him and he might even spend some time in jail. You see, giving a false testimony is a very serious crime. It can cause great pain and suffering to the individual the false witness is against.
In the Sermon on the Mount, we see blessed is the peacemaker. One who sows discord is the opposite of a peacemaker for he is a troublemaker.
Proverbs 6:20 “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:” Proverbs 6:21 “Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck.”
All of the things (the 7 abominations) are in direct contrast to keeping the commandments of father and mother. This we learned in Proverbs 3:1-3. Proverbs 3:1 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:” Proverbs 3:2 “For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:” “So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”
In verse 21, here, we see that God is telling us to never lose sight of His laws (commandments). Our parents teach us the correct way to live. We should never grow too old to live up to the teachings of our parents.
“Thine heart” is better translated mind. The first thing to protect against the adulteress is not the body, but the mind.
Proverbs 6:22 “When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.”
We read that God, Himself, will write His laws upon the fleshly parts of our heart. God’s laws should be in our heart, not on a piece of paper. This hanging it on the neck just means to me that we are to ever keep His laws before our face.
His laws shall lead us into paths of righteousness. When we are asleep, even our subconscious mind is stayed upon Him.
This parallels the 3 circumstances of life in Deut. 6:6-9 and 11:18, for which wisdom provides direction, protection, and meditation. The biblical instruction for parents prevents the entrance of evil by supplying good and true thoughts, even when sleeping.
Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:”
The law is light. Those who live for the Lord walk in the light as He is in the Light. Godly people love instructions in righteousness.
These all identify the Word of God which provides the wisdom leading to abundant and eternal life.
Proverbs 6:24 “To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.”
Parental instruction in wisdom is crucial to strengthen a person against the strong attraction of sexual sin. By loving truth and being elevated to wisdom, men are not seduced by lying flattery.
Proverbs 6:25 “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”
Sexual sin is rooted in lust (imagination of the sinful act), as implied in Exodus 20:17 and addressed by Christ in Matthew.
Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Fluttering eyelids have been used by sinful women for centuries to draw men to them. Prostitution is as old as the Bible, itself. It has been condemned from Genesis to Revelation. The whole book of Hosea is about a whorish woman. The woman in the instance in Hosea is speaking of Israel being unfaithful to God. Adultery (either spiritual or physical) has always been condemned of God. These few verses here are warning against falling into this type of sin.
Proverbs 6:26 “For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.”
Here the smallest piece of bread demonstrates how the prostitute reduces the life of a man to insignificance, including the loss of his wealth, freedom, family, purity, dignity and even his soul.
Proverbs 6:27 “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” Proverbs 6:28 “Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?” Proverbs 6:29 “So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.”
Powerful metaphors are given here to describe the obvious danger and destructive consequences of adultery, showing that punishment is a natural and expected consequence.
We already touched on the dangers of living in sex sin in a previous lesson, but we see here that a man who touches his neighbor’s wife is in serious trouble with God. We spoke on the body being the temple of the Holy Ghost.
Verse 29 refers to a touch intended to inflame sexual passion. Paul uses the same expression with the same meaning in 1 Cor7:1.
Proverbs 6:30 “[Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;” Proverbs 6:31 “But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.”
In these verses, it is not saying that it is not a sin to steal. It is saying a person has sympathy for someone who is so hungry that he steals to feed himself. If he is caught, the person he stole from will be happy to not prosecute him, if he will pay back what he stole 7 times.
The stealing here is not nearly as serious as the sin of adultery that we read of in the next few verses. Adultery is compared to a starving thief, who, though it may cost all he has, can make restitution and put the crime behind him permanently/
Proverbs 6:32 “[But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.”
But for the adulterer, there is no restitution as there was for the thief, as he destroys his soul.
Proverbs 6:33 “A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.”
Adultery is a cruel crime. Love for each other is the most precious gift a man and woman have on this earth except for the gifts of God. There is something very special about a man and his wife being one. To invade on this privacy of a man and his wife is without excuse.
Proverbs 6:34 “For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.”
Jealousy is a very strong emotion, especially when it has to do with infidelity or rape. Song of Solomon has a scripture that might express this better.
Song. 8:6 “Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its frames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.
Proverbs 6:35 “He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.”
A thief may satisfy his victim with an appropriate payment, but an offended husband cannot be bought off.
There is no money or gift that can repay this type of sinful act. The marriage of a man and his wife is likened unto the marriage of the Lord and His church. Just as anyone coming between the Lord and His church will not be permitted, neither is anyone to come between a man and his wife. It is unforgivable.
Proverbs Chapter 6 Questions
- Being surety for a friend means you have gone on his ________.
- A handshake in these Bible times was like what in our day?
- Our society has gone _________ __________.
- The #1 cause of divorce in America today is what?
- What should you do if you have co-signed a note?
- When should you do it?
7 What was getting off a note compared to? (Two things)
- These Proverbs in chapter 6 are for what purpose?
- What is a sluggard?
- What is the sluggard told to study and imitate?
- Who is the ant’s boss?
- In verse 9, what question is asked the sluggard?
- Sleep and folding of the hands brings to what?
- How does money come to a person?
- Who walks with a froward mouth?
- Describe 3 other things he does.
- What shall happen to him?
- How will it come upon this evil one?
- How many things does God especially hate?
- Why does God call them abominations?
- Name the first 3 evils that are abominations.
- What is something else a proud look could be called?
- Why do we have absolutely no room to brag?
- What is the most evil part of the body?
- Everything of God is based on ________.
- What should the hands be used for?
- How is an evil man’s heart described?
- What is false testifying in court called?
- What is the penalty for false teaching?
- Who is the opposite of a peacemaker?
- What does it mean to bind the commandments on our heart?
- The law is __________.
- Who love instructions in righteousness?
- In verse 25, we are told not to lust after a beautiful woman and not to let her take thee with what?
- A man who seeks whorish women will be brought to ___________.
- What kind of a thief do men not despise?
- If the thief is caught, how much shall he pay?
- Whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh ____________.
- What is the rage of a man?
- Marriage of a man and woman is symbolic of what?
Proverbs 6New King James Version (NKJV)
6 My son, if you become surety for your friend,
If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
4 Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
The Folly of Indolence
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
The Wicked Man
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes,
He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
He devises evil continually,
He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Beware of Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you roam, they will lead you;
When you sleep, they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is a husband’s fury;
Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.