Proverbs 7:6-27 – A Story about Seduction

BIBLE TEXT

Proverbs 7:6-27

SUMMARY

Illicit sex has severe consequences.

ANALYSIS

Once again the wisdom teachers provide a lesson dealing with sexual behavior. This time the instruction takes the form of a story, clearly and dramatically told. Note that the seduction takes place in the evening (v. 9). The woman is “loud” (v. 11; also 9:13) and thus quite the opposite of the ideal woman portrayed in chapter 31 (note vv. 25-26). She piously claims to be returning from worship services (v. 14). She is married and her husband is away on a long business trip (vv. 19-20). The willing young man is pictured as a pitiful creature unwittingly headed for a trap (vv. 22-23). And the penalty? “It will cost him his life” (v. 23; see also v. 27).

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