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Under Gods Command

Proverbs 1:10-19

      10 My son, if sinful men entice you,

            do not give in to them.

      11 If they say, “Come along with us;

            let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,

            let’s ambush some harmless soul;

      12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,

            and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

      13 we will get all sorts of valuable things

            and fill our houses with plunder;

      14 cast lots with us;

            we will all share the loot”—

      15 my son, do not go along with them,

            do not set foot on their paths;

      16 for their feet rush into evil,

            they are swift to shed blood.

      17 How useless to spread a net

            where every bird can see it!

      18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;

            they ambush only themselves!

      19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;

            it takes away the life of those who get it. 

Sin is enticing because it offers a quick route to prosperity or pleasure and makes us feel like we belong. But when we go along with others and refuse to listen to the truth, our own appetites become our masters, and we’ll do anything to satisfy them. Sin, even when attractive, is deadly. We must learn to make choices, not on the basis of flashy appeal or short-range pleasure, but in view of the long-range effects. Sometimes this means steering clear of people who want to draw us into activities that we know are wrong. We can’t be friendly with sin and expect our lives to remain unaffected.

Going after “ill-gotten gain” is one of Satan’s surest traps. It begins when he plants the suggestion that we can’t live without some possession or more money. Then that desire fans its own fire until it becomes an all-consuming obsession. Ask God for wisdom to recognize any greedy desire before it destroys you. God through his Spirit will give you wisdom and help you overcome it.

Proverbs 1:10 “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.”

You see, we are a free moral agent. We decide whether we will sin or not. Just because the crowd is sinning, is no reason to get involved. Use your own free will and say “no” to sin, even if it is inviting. In the long run, we are responsible for our own decisions.

Sinners is a term reserved in Scripture to describe unbelievers for whom sin is continual and who endeavor to persuade even believers to sin with them. The sins of murder and robbery are used as illustrations of such folly.

Proverbs 1:11 “If they say, “Come along with us; lets lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul:”

“Come with us”. The intimidating force of peer pressure is often the way to entice those who lack wisdom.

Proverbs 1:12 “Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:”

The wicked devise a plot of deception in which the innocent are captured and victimized like one who is taken by death itself, as with Joseph (Gen. 37:20); Jeremiah (Jer. 38:6-13); and Daniel (Dan. 6:16-17.

“The Pit … Shoel” is the place of death. For the wicked it is a place of no return (Job 7:9), darkness (Psalms 143:3) and torment (Isaiah 14:11). 

Proverbs 1:13-14 “we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our house with plunder:” (14)”Throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse.”

This is the enlisting of the innocent without full disclosure of intent. Abundant spoil is promised by this outright robbery, which is made to appear easy and safe for the thieves and murderers.

Proverbs 1:15 “My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths thy foot from their path:”

This directly confronts the invitation of v.11. Sin must be rejected at the first temptation, by refusing even the association that can lead to sin. Avoid the beginnings of sin (see Proverbs 4:14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men)

Proverbs 1:16 “for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.”

This is warning not to keep evil company. There is guilt by association. You may not be guilty of their sins; but if you are caught with them, you will pay the terrible penalty with them. Many a youngster has gotten into serious trouble because he wanted to be part of the gang. Children’s favorite saying to parents is, “everyone is doing it”.  Sometimes peer pressure causes a youngster to join a gang. He probably has no idea they are stealing or killing when he joins; but the longer he stays, the more deeply involved he becomes. The only way to avoid this is just what the Scripture advises. Don’t go with them in the first place. The time to say “no” is before you get in deep.

Proverbs 1:17 “How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!”

As a bird flies into a net and is caught, so will the sinner get caught if he goes head long into sin. We know the net is there, but get into it anyway.

It would be ineffective to set up a net for catching a bird in full view of the bird. Taken with v.18, this analogy means that the sinner sets up his trap for the innocent in secret, but in the end the trap is sprung on him (v.19). This greed entraps him. Stupid sinners rush to their own ruin.

Proverbs 1:18 “These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!.”

A person laying in wait to kill someone else is actually sealing their own doom. 

Proverbs 1:19 “Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”

Greed for things that do not belong to you is certainly the cause of most sin toward your fellow man.


Under Gods Command 

Proverbs 9:17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Sin lies. Sexual sins lie more than most. Fools buy the lie that sexual sins are specially sweet and pleasant. The prohibition of sin adds to its luster, and the efforts to hide it enhance the act. Wicked women and modern society present sexual sins as very pleasant things with few consequences. But death and hell are the horrible results (Pr 9:18).

Reader! You have a choice – a sober choice with consequences. You can run to Lady Wisdom and enjoy her truly satisfying feast of meat, wine, and bread (Pr 9:1-5), or you can fall for lies of a foolish whore, who offers stolen waters and risky bread (Pr 9:13-18).

Satan lied about sin in Eden. He told Eve she would not die and the forbidden fruit would make her as God. As she fatally looked at the tree, forgetting the most precious tree of life, she saw the forbidden fruit as good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and likely to make one wise. She bought the lie! Her choice was horrible! The taste was bitter in seconds!

Sin is so perverse that if God had forbidden sex with wives, marriages would be precious relationships of romantic love and intimacy! If something is put off-limits to the natural man, a sinful craving for that thing becomes a cruel monster that demands satisfaction. Test this by leaving cookies on a counter and telling your children they cannot have one!

The context of this proverb is the strange woman and her seduction and destruction of men (Pr 9:13-18). It is a simple and foolish man that believes her brazen lie or deceitful insinuations (Pr 9:16; 30:20), so it is your privilege and duty to learn wisdom, to save you from the certain death and hell of sexual sins. Solomon used personification to save you.

He taught his son to drink sexual waters from his own cistern – his own wife (Pr 5:1-23). See the comments on 5:15. He used waters and bread as metaphors for sexual pleasure. He also described deceit as bread, which turns to gravel in one’s mouth (Pr 20:17).

Strange women, or whores, generally do not say these words directly, but they imply them through seductive wiles; the lusts of the flesh and eyes say them as well to foolish men. In America, there is a proverb, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” These words describe the discontentment of human nature and the fascination with forbidden things. This proverb says the same. The adulteress wickedly lies by offering tempting sexual pleasures that will exceed any marital reality (Pr 7:10-21).

Sin has a thrill – especially for youth – that seduces them. But the aftertaste is never considered. The bitterness of the morsel in their belly is not measured. The folly of their inexperience blinds them to the future. Obsession with wine finds it pleasant initially, but its aftertaste is horrible (Pr 23:31-32)! So this proverb warns you against sin’s lie.

Hollywood never glamorizes marital sex. Never! That would be totally contrary to its master, its mission, the lusts of the flesh, and public appetite. Satan has Hollywood and America committed to the lie of this proverb – fornication, adultery, and sodomy are pleasures to be enjoyed without fear. Stolen waters are sweet! Secret bread is pleasant!

Because of this lie, the adulteress has the advantage over the faithful wife. The sinful fantasy of the forbidden and mysterious creates a curious craving that wrecks the souls and lives of men. The strange woman looks better, speaks better, kisses better, and makes love better – until it is too late (Pr 7:10-27)! It is an illusion. It is the creation of Satan and a depraved heart. If you have any thought like this about a woman, stay far away!

Reader, see the lie! The grass only looks greener from this side of the fence. Once you enter a forbidden field, you find it inferior to what you had, but now you have committed a horrible crime that cannot be undone (Pr 6:20-35). Sin lies! Hell and death are waiting. Any pleasure in sin is momentary (Heb 11:25). And it never equals the coming pain. The sweet waters and pleasant bread become bitter and painful in your belly!

What does wisdom teach? It teaches a man to be content with his own cistern and well – your wife and her love and breasts (Pr 5:15-20). Wise men choose and learn to be content (Phil 4:11), and they promote marriages as a protective blessing (I Cor 7:1-5; Col 3:19).

Wisdom avoids fences and other grass – any unnecessary exposure to other women, for it knows God placed the fence well (Ex 20:17; Matt 5:27-30; Rom 13:14). With television and other media always singing the lie of this proverb, they must be strictly guarded.

Wisdom knows these things: sin lies about its goodness (Ps 36:2), sexual sin has fatal consequences (Pr 2:18-19; 5:3-14; 7:27; 9:18), no sin is truly secret (II Sam 11:27; Luke 12:2; Heb 4:14), and men should fear the God who enforces all sexual fences (Pr 5:21).

Do not ever think sin might be pleasant or better than God’s holy word. Amnon craved his sweet sister, but the aftertaste of rape was horrible and deadly. Eli thought family dinners with his sons were pleasant, but his lack of discipline wiped out his family tree. Gehazi relished his money and garments for only a few moments (II Kings 5:20-27).

Satan told Judas that thirty pieces of silver was nice compensation and Jesus could deliver Himself from the Jews, but the aftertaste of his crime was so bitter that he returned the money and committed suicide in morbid guilt. Satan never told him this part of the deal! And he never tells young people the horrible consequences of sexual sin!

Christian woman, do not think you escape the proverb. It applies both ways in sexual sins, and a young man seeking to seduce you may appear to be an excitingly dangerous thrill, but the consequences are horrible and permanent. You have reduced your value to him or any other man. Do not listen to him tell you about his love for you. He lies. Do not allow any man to have sexual pleasure with you through your words, your clothing, your looks, or your actions, or you are guilty of saying the words above. Wait until marriage.

Godliness with contentment is great gain (I Tim 6:6), and it certainly applies to marriage. Let the Lord Jesus Christ be the sweet and pleasant object for your soul more than anyone, or anything, else in heaven or earth (Ps 73:25-26; Heb 13:5). Love your wife!


Under Gods Command 

Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

Wicked friends will destroy you. If you want to grow in wisdom and godliness, you must avoid foolish companions. Paul wrote, evil communications corrupt good manners (I Cor 15:33). Solomon soberly warned his son to stay far away from evil men (Pr 4:14-15). Their hearts are controlled by sin and their thoughts dedicated to it (Pr 4:16-17).

Good and evil are opposites, and good men and evil men are also opposites. They are perpetual enemies (Pr 29:27). Wise and just men choose to live successful lives, and God blesses them with light (Pr 4:18). Foolish and wicked men live in darkness, stumbling through a dysfunctional life by the blindness of arrogant and ignorant hearts (Pr 4:19).

There are two kinds of people on earth – the righteous and the wicked. While the wicked may perform outward acts that appear good, those acts come from a heart that is only evil in God’s sight (Ps 14:1-3; Rom 3:9-18). While the righteous may sometimes live foolishly, yet they have a righteous heart that is vexed by sin (Ps 73:16-22; II Pet 2:7-8).

This proverb and the next are Solomon’s warning about the depraved character of wicked men (Pr 4:16-17). Mischief and wickedness are more important to them than sleep. They cannot rest nor be content unless they have corrupted or hurt others. Wickedness and violence are their bread and wine. They must eat them every day to satisfy their hunger!

There are no neutral men. Righteous men are the followers of Jesus Christ and godliness, and wicked men are the captive slaves of Satan and sin. Men either base their lives on the absolute terms of the Bible, or they base them on the world’s lies received from the devil. It is this great antagonism that makes worldly friends impossible for dedicated Christians.

The NEA, ACLU, PTA, NOW, MTV, CNN, FNN, UN, PETA, ECM, AFL-CIO, UAW, USA, DNC, RNC, and organizations of this world are dedicated to the overthrow of Bible Christianity. They work day and night for mischief and to cause men to fall from righteousness and truth. They cannot sleep until they get rid of Jesus Christ, His disciples, and His doctrine from the earth. Take a strong stand on any Bible subject and find out!

You must measure your friends and associates carefully and strictly and reject those that do not meet God’s high standards, like David did (Ps 15:4; 101:3-8; 119:63,79). And Solomon taught the same (Pr 9:6; 13:20; 14:7; 19:27). Some of these sinful threats to your success may be family members, but DNA and earthly blood ties matter very little to God or true disciples (I Sam 23:17; II Chr 15:16; Matt 10:34-37; Luke 14:25-33).

The God of heaven and the wisest of men command you to avoid the world, reject their opinions, despise their lifestyle, and hate their offers (Ps 101:3-8; Rom 12:1-2; II Cor 6:14-18; Eph 5:7-13; Jas 4:4; I John 2:15-17). No matter how subtle the insinuation or seductive the temptation against the absolute authority of the Bible, you must turn away with all your strength to avoid being corrupted (I Cor 15:33; I Tim 6:3-5; II Tim 3:1-5).