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Solomon realized, albeit too late, that sexual sin was the epitome of rebellion to God. He knew, as the wisest man in the world, that  failure to keep one’s marriage vows was a certain invitation to destruction.  He, like many of us that have some miles on our tires, have seen the cost of walking away from your most fundamental commitment and the pain and destruction such a move causes.

Solomon is very pragmatic, mind you, he is speaking of the cost of such sin to the person committing adultery.  He does not even begin the discussion of the costs to others—family, children and friends.  The complete destruction of one’s reputation and influence in the community and among those he works with and finally, the shame it brings to the church and all that are affiliated.

So Solomon, in passionate honesty says, at the fork in the road of life take the wise turn away from sexual sin and destruction.  Turn instead toward wisdom and integrity. That road brings peace, hope, joy and a life of fulfillment and loving legacy.  If one would simply evaluate the outcomes—it is an easy choice to make—Wisdom, life and peace is always superior to death, chaos and dishonesty.

God Bless You

My son, keep my words     and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live;     guard my teachings 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 to insight, “You are my relative.” They will keep you from the adulterous woman,     from the wayward woman with her seductive words…

With persuasive words she led him astray;     she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22 All at once he followed her     like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose 23     till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare,     little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;     pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways     or stray into her paths. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down;     her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave,     leading down to the chambers of death