Proverbs 2:16

Proverbs 2:16

To deliver thee from the strange woman
As the Gospel of Christ and its doctrines, or the instructions of wisdom, are a means of delivering persons from the evil man, his company, ways, and works; so from a naughty woman, an adulteress, called a "strange" woman; not because of another nation, or unknown, but because she belongs to another person, and not to him whom she entices into her embraces. Gersom interprets this of the sensitive appetite, and Jarchi of idolatry; as others do also of superstition and all false doctrine, and everything that is contrary to true wisdom; and the whole that is here and afterwards said may well enough be applied to the whore of Rome, from whose fornication, or spiritual adultery, that is, idolatry, will worship, and antichristian doctrines, the Gospel delivers men; see ( Proverbs 7:5 ) [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
that useth smooth and soft words to work upon the passions, move the affections, and win the hearts of men; and ensnare them and draw them to commit wickedness with her; see ( Proverbs 5:3 ) ( 7:21 ) ; and so antichrist, and all false teachers and heretics, with good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple, ( Romans 16:18 ) .

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