The rest of the chapter revolves around Solomon warning of a “strange woman” that is to be avoided by those walking in Wisdom.
“For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.”
On first reading, it appears that this warning only applies to men who should avoid this type of woman. However, there is a deeper Truth here in this passage of Scripture.
Throughout the Bible, the church is referred to the Bride of Christ. We are the Bride, and Jesus Christ is the Groom. Marriage is such a beautiful picture of our relationship with Christ. We are one with Him.
This “strange woman” is a picture of a false bride, or apostate religion; thus, the warning that must be heeded to by those who desire to walk in Wisdom.
A strange woman turns aside from the Truth. Though their words may be sweet and compelling, there is often an agenda behind them.
“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.”
A strange woman is unstable in their beliefs. They question the Truth, and are often willing to change based upon convenience and popularity. Having religion rather than relationship, they desire to mix the Word of God with their own words.
“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
We must be aware of strange wisdom, and avoid it at all cost.
Job 3-4 | 1 Peter 1 | Proverbs 12
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