Proverbs 7* Invitations to learn wisdom. (1-5) The arts of seducers, withwarnings against them. (6-27)1-5 We must lay up God's commandments safely. Not only, Keepthem, and you shall live; but, Keep them as those that cannotlive without them. Those that blame strict and careful walkingas needless and too precise, consider not that the law is to bekept as the apple of the eye; indeed the law in the heart is theeye of the soul. Let the word of God dwell in us, and so bewritten where it will be always at hand to be read. Thus weshall be kept from the fatal effects of our own passions, andthe snares of Satan. Let God's word confirm our dread of sin,and resolutions against it. 6-27 Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthfullusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructivekind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead toimpurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively andplain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is heas the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when hehas just seen another fall headlong from the same place. Themisery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God'sblessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be keptfrom running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of oursouls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood ofvice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. Theyare the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart,and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast wellconsidered the end of it. Were a man to live as long asMethuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delightssin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that mustfollow, would far outweigh them.
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