Proverbs 5* Exhortations to wisdom. The evils of licentiousness. (1-14)Remedies against licentiousness, The miserable end of thewicked. (15-23)1-14 Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, toabstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, hereunderstand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astraymen's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn againstseventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are,Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into falsereligion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter thefruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments ofhell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction ofbody and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may bea step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keepout of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation wemock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How manymischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastestime; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it willfill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooneror later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproacheshimself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent actsof sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By amiracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadfulconsequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more dieas they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruinedsinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of hisconscience! 15-23 Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep fromthese destructive vices. But we are not properly united, exceptas we attend to God's word, seeking his direction and blessing,and acting with affection. Ever remember, that though secretsins may escape the eyes of our fellow-creatures, yet a man'sways are before the eyes of the Lord, who not only sees, butponders all his goings. Those who are so foolish as to choosethe way of sin, are justly left of God to themselves, to go onin the way to destruction.
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