The cords of sin . . . Proverbs 5:21-23

Proverbs 5:21-23

"For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he ponders all his paths.
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
    and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
He dies for lack of discipline,
    and because of his great folly he is led astray." ESV


The wisdom/folly contrast is again set in the context of morality. Specifically, this section speaks to sexual sin. Look at what happens to the fool - the one who gets himself caught in sexual sin: God sees the reality, in spite of his efforts to hide. We remember Paul's words from Galatians: God is not mocked; you reap what you sow. And so sin takes its course.

Look at where sexual sin takes this foolish person. Sin, which initially enticed the fool by the promise of pleasure, has transformed into a snare. It has become a trap, from which there seems to be no escape. He can't stop, or change what he has done. The snare becomes ropes which bind. Then you can see those ropes slowly form a noose, ultimately landing us at the final verse: He dies for lack of discipline.

Sin, in this instance sexual sin, is serious business. Don't be deceived! Don't be numbered among the foolish ones - rather, listen to wisdom's call, especially you young men. Think not of the pleasure sin promises, but of the noose at the end. It's always a trap.


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