An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Beware of Strangers

(Proverbs 5:20 KJV)  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Two types of people are to be avoided.  The “strange woman” (adulteress NASB) (2114a) and the “stranger” (foreigner NASB) (5237).  The translations tend to overlap in English.  The first literally means stranger and the second foreigner.  Keep in mind the tribal sense of social relationships of the day.  People identified with those related by blood.  Anyone outside was to be treated with suspicion.

We have come a long way.  Paul set the standard with
(Colossians 3:11 KJV)  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Our new relationships are based on the blood of Christ.

So?  Limit your involvement with those outside the faith.  Obviously we cannot all go live in communes.  What we can do is listen to those who speak with wisdom and a fear of the Lord. 

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