"For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice,
and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house
in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness." ESV
As you know, this passage is about a young man who has been enticed by an adulterous woman. He has succumbed to his lust, and is being led along by his flesh, ultimately to death (see verse 23). Is this passage about literal fornication, or is it an allegory representing the enticement of folly, or sin in general? Does it really make a difference?
While adultery and fornication are very real, I can't help but think of another sexual sin, all too ubiquitous in our culture. This little section seems all too appropriate regarding that sin. That sin, of course, is pornography. Whether you are caught in pornography or not, it is unquestionable that someone you know is. It is also doubtless that those who keep returning to porn "lack sense." Why? Because, as 7:23 says: "[he follows her] till an arrow pierces his liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life."
Sin in general, and sexual sin in particular, will cost your life.
If you are caught in pornography (or any sexual sin), or you know of someone who is, listen to wisdom. Get help!
Because, ultimately, it will cost your life.
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