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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS 7\\

The sum of this chapter is to exhort men to attend to the doctrines and
precepts of Wisdom, in order to avoid the adulterous woman; the
exhortation to keep them with care, affection, and delight, in order to
answer the end, is in \\#Pr 7:1-5\\. A story is told, of Solomon's own
knowledge, of a young man ensnared and ruined by a lewd woman; it
begins \\#Pr 7:6\\. The young man is described as foolish, and as throwing
himself in the way of temptation, \\#Pr 7:7-9\\; the harlot that met him is
described by her attire, her subtlety, her voice, her inconstancy, her
impudence, and pretensions to piety, \\#Pr 7:10-14\\. The arguments she
made use of to prevail upon him to go with her are taken partly from
the elegance of her bed, the softness of it, and its sweet perfume, and
satiety of love to be enjoyed in it, \\#Pr 7:15-18\\; and partly from the
absence of her husband, who was gone a long journey, and had made
provision for it for a certain time, \\#Pr 7:19,20\\. By which arguments
she prevailed upon him to his utter ruin: which is illustrated by the
similes of an ox going to the slaughter, a fool to the stocks, and a
bird to the snare, \\#Pr 7:21-23\\. And the chapter is concluded with an
exhortation to hearken to the words of Wisdom, and to avoid the ways
and paths of the harlot, by which many and mighty persons have been
ruined; they being the direct road to hell and death, \\#Pr 7:24-27\\.