snares and nets


January 2016 (28)Ecclesiastes 7:23-26

23 All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will act wisely,” but it was far from me. 24 That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can discover it? 25 I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. 26 And I discover something more unbearable than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are traps. He who wants to please God will escape her, but the sinner gets trapped by her.

snares and nets

Solomon had followed the ancient near east practice of marrying foreign wives for the purpose of solidifying alliances with other nations. These hundreds of marriages proved to be a trap for Solomon, because they “turned his heart away from the LORD.”[1] This choice was a direct disobedience to the Law.[2] He confesses the sin of apostasy here.

His words are also a general warning for everyone to proceed with caution when considering a relationship. He had warned his sons in his Proverbs of the adulteress, whose lips drip honey and whose speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, and following her leads to death.[3] He was speaking from experience.

Young person, you will be enticed by images and words and people who invite you to throw off all constraint and indulge in improper conduct. It is a trap! That is not the way to life. Escape pornography and the “party life” before it destroys you.

LORD, protect today’s youth from the snares and nets, because they are everywhere.

[1] 1 Kings 11:1-3.

[2] Deuteronomy 17:17.

[3] Proverbs 5:2-5.

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