When You Mistrust Wisdom

Monday, May 23, 2022

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24-35 They’ll protect you from promiscuous women,

    from the seductive talk of some temptress.

Don’t lustfully fantasize on her beauty,

    nor be taken in by her bedroom eyes.

You can buy an hour with a prostitute for a loaf of bread,

    but a promiscuous woman may well eat you alive.

Can you build a fire in your lap

    and not burn your pants?

Can you walk barefoot on hot coals

    and not get blisters?

It’s the same when you have sex with your neighbor’s wife:

    Touch her, and you’ll pay for it. No excuses.

Hunger is no excuse

    for a thief to steal;

When he’s caught, he has to pay it back,

    even if he has to put his whole house in hock.

Adultery is a brainless act,

    soul-destroying, self-destructive;

Expect a bloody nose, a black eye,

    and a reputation ruined for good.

For jealousy detonates rage in a cheated husband;

    wild for revenge, he won’t make allowances.

Nothing you say or pay will make it all right;

    neither bribes nor reason will satisfy him.

-Proverbs 6:24-35 The Message

24 to preserve you from the evil woman,

    from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,

    and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;

26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,

    but a married woman hunts down a precious life.

27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest

    and his clothes not be burned?

28 Or can one walk on hot coals

    and his feet not be scorched?

29 So is he who goes into his neighbor’s wife;

    none who touches her will go unpunished.

30 People do not despise a thief if he steals

    to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,

31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;

    he will give all the goods of his house.

32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;

    he who does it destroys himself.

33 He will get wounds and dishonor,

    and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

34 For jealousy makes a man furious,

    and he will not spare when he takes revenge.

35 He will accept no compensation;

    he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

Verse 25 study: Lust is a warning of danger ahead. When you see you are attracted to the opposite sex or have thoughts with them, this is possible it can lead to sin. Ask God to change your desires before you are in sin.

Verses 25-35 studies: Some people will argue that it is okay to break God’s law against sexual sin if no one gets hurt. The fact is that spouses do get hurt. Children are scarred. Even if a partner did escape unwanted pregnancy or disease, they lose their ability to fulfill a commitment, feel sexual desires and trust, and be entirely open with another person. God’s laws are not unplanned. They allow good, clean fun, but the law warns us against destroying ourselves through unwise actions or running ahead of God’s timetable.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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