The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting January 5th on Proverbs 5:1-3

January 5; Proverbs 5:1-3

Christians looking for a simple way to review the Bible regularly have long been convenienced by the fact that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.  Each chapter includes multiple bite-sized verses (uhm, proverbs) and can be read through simply in one sitting, one appropriately numbered chapter per day through a month.  My simple mind balks at the idea of trying this pattern in any month with less than 31 days  (It just does, all right?), but there are 7 months every year that are suitable for the effort.

My idea here is to share about 1/7 of the verses of each day's chapter on my blog throughout this year, every time a 31 day month pops up, along with a few comments from The Barking Owl.  So in January, we will get through the first few verses of every chapter and then in March, the next group, so that by the time December comes around we can finally get to the last set of verses in each chapter and complete the book's reading.  If you  are smarter than I am (and you are), you will read the whole chapter related to each day, every 31 day month, and then you will have read the whole book 7 times this year!  By then you are guaranteed to be wiser than Solomon AND The Barking Owl together!

Proverbs 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, 
   turn your ear to my words of insight, 
2 that you may maintain discretion 
   and your lips may preserve knowledge. 
3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, 
   and her speech is smoother than oil; 

After four chapters (I hope you have read them through) we finally get beyond extolling the virtues of wisdom in general, and find Solomon talking to his now older sons about a specific problem wisdom will help them avoid.

You should know that any sexual act which one engages in outside of God's original pattern of marriage is often called adultery in the Bible.  Any act, violating one's commitment to God, in fact, might be referred to as adulterous.  I think that Sol here is warning specifically about a young man's temptation to fornicate, and is trying to get across the idea that a willing woman is not all it takes to make it all good.  Typically, he just wants sex, while she longs to feel loved.  Both might find satisfaction of these lusts together, but neither is concerned about giving what they should, and so both suffer for the loss.

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