It’s a compelling scenario Solomon paints. Written nearly three thousand years ago, it amazes me that these paragraphs could have been written just last week.
My attention is drawn to one line near the end of this chapter, in verse 23:
… he does not know that it will cost him his life.
But it will.
The apostle James wrote similarly to his readers nearly 1,000 years later:
Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.
These evil desires lead to evil actions,
and evil actions lead to
James 1:14-15 (NLT)
This is simple, profound and sincere.
Would that we would stop.
Ask His help.
Today I borrow as my prayer the words of Solomon’s father (David) to You, the chief Musician:
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
And in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me:
Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Hear my prayer, O Lord.