Proverbs 5: King James Bible
In All Evil – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter five, Verses
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labors be in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Above is some further commentary and warning from the Lord about the “Strange Woman,” that we spoke about in the previous devotional. There are four methods that we’re instructed to take in order to avoid falling into the wiles of this woman.
- Hear the instruction of the Lord, in fact, “hear him now!”
- Depart not from the Words of the Lord
- Remove yourself from the woman
- Don’t go near the door to her house
Here are some of the repercussions that fooling around with the strange woman (adultery from a fleshly point of view, the world from a spiritual point of view).
- Your honor will go to others
- You’ll spend your years at the mercy of the cruel
- Your wealth will be scattered to strangers
- Strangers will wind up with whatever you’ve worked for
- And at the end of it all, you’ll look at the worth of your existence, and find it squandered
The last line is interesting though… It actually hints that there might have been a redemption available to the figurative person that these verses are referring to, when the scripture says, “I was almost in all evil.”
Strange that it’s worded that way, don’t you think? It’s almost as if there was a chance, be it a slim one, to see through the fog and darkness of sin. Taking an opportunity to dive off of the path that leads to destruction, and land on the path that the Father had blazed specifically for this individual.
It makes me wonder a very sobering question. I wonder, how many people have several chances that the Lord has appointed, for them to receive Christ unto themselves, saving them from hell and eternal punishment, make it all the way to the grave ignoring those thin spots in the fog?
That’s a sobering thought indeed…
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 6: King James Bible
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Prayer – In All Evil
We are traversing through all evil that this world has been stained with. Please Lord, lift us up and out of this world of mire, and prop us up into the cleft of the rock. Your Son Christ Jesus is the Rock on which we stand, and keep guard over us Father, so that we’ll not fall to the many temptations of this world, but will keep our sights on you, as we eagerly await your coming. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
Have you ever noticed that those who are eyes deep in all evil are usually those who think that they’re spotless?