The Proverbs Project came to mind after I read the book The Richest Man Who Every Lived by Steven K. Scott. This book challenges readers to read a chapter in the Book of Proverbs every day for a month. Readers then perseverate and reflect on the chapter. This process is meant to become habit and repeated month after month. I acknowledge a personal and perpetual need for wisdom in my life. The challenge spoke to me. I have been reading a good deal this year, and it is certainly time for me to undertake another writing project. - Chapter 5.
A Warning Against Adultery.
The Wise man will avoid the wiles of the temptress. There is a lot to unpack in this short sentence. In Chapter 4 we determined that our children are watching and they will learn from all we say and do. This simple stipulation asserts the perilous consequences of running astray of this warning.
In earlier chapters, Solomon tells us that Wisdom equates to Wealth and Treasure. Thus. As our Wisdom increases, as wealth increase, the power of temptation increases proportionally. As we grow in Wisdom, our ability to fight temptation increases in to match the "strength of the Dark Side." Again, as Wisdom increases, the consequences of running our path afoul intensifies pro-rata. The Wise man will value and pursue the personal growth and strength found in a righteous home.
Wisdom is personified as "She."
Temptation is personified as "She."
Ole' King Solomon's analogy of the feminine is a double sided coin. On one side we find goodness, Wisdom, and the Light. On the other side, we find Temptation and Darkness. With Wisdom comes the ability to discern betwixt the two.
There is a choice to move towards a virtuous, righteous and loving spouse. These men will be drawn towards growth and Wisdom. The goodness of "She" will support, and build, and nurture the Wise. The converse is true as well. The ruses and wiles of a temptress can degrade and erode the Wisdom, spirit, and goodness of a man. The consequence is dire. More importantly, however; Our children are watching and they will learn from all we say and do.