Daily Devotional Sunday 15th November

by William Moody

Proverbs 7:1–9

Warning Against the Adulteress

7:1   My son, keep my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you;
  keep my commandments and live;
    keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
  bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
  Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and call insight your intimate friend,
  to keep you from the forbidden1 woman,
    from the adulteress2 with her smooth words.
  For at the window of my house
    I have looked out through my lattice,
  and I have seen among the simple,
    I have perceived among the youths,
    a young man lacking sense,
  passing along the street near her corner,
    taking the road to her house
  in the twilight, in the evening,
    at the time of night and darkness.

Footnotes

[1] 7:5 Hebrew strange
[2] 7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman

(ESV)

The Seventh Commandment
(Shorter Catechisms 70-72)

The seventh commandment is, “You shall not commit adultery” (A.70).

“The seventh commandment requires the preservation of our own and our neighbour’s chastity, in heart, speech and behaviour.” (A.71).

“The seventh commandment forbids all unchaste thoughts, words and actions.” (A.72).

Sexual sin is one of the strongest and most terrible temptations that believers can face. Jesus calls total purity in our actions, words and thoughts. Proverbs 7 v4-5 speaks of the great need for wisdom to resist the adulteress. Proverbs 7 v6-9 speaks of a foolish young man who goes near the adulteress’ home.

Today, we need to keep our distance from temptation not just physically, but also by keeping our eyes and minds pure also. We need to be so careful of what we watch on TV, on the internet, in newspapers and also the second look at an attractive person. Like Joseph before Potiphar’s wife, we need to run from temptation as quickly as we can.

One way to protect our minds is by filling them with what is good. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4 v8)

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