Solomon’s Final Exhortation on Fornication


     Solomon’s father committed adultery.  Therefore, he knew up close and personally what devastation this spiritual landmine causes.  Perhaps this is one reason why he devotes so much space in Proverbs 5, 6, and 7 to instructing his sons concerning it.

     Proverbs 7:24-27 are Solomon’s climactic exhortation on this important subject.  Here, it is written: “Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men.  Her house is the way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.”

     Note carefully Solomon’s earnest and passionate counsel on this matter:

  • Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways.
  • Do not stray into her paths.

     Like a bloody battlefield covered with the injured, the maimed, and the dead, so are the casualties of adultery. 

     Why would you want to add your name to that casualty list?

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