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The Lips of Seduction

Proverbs 5:3-4 tells us that the trap of seduction are found in the lips of a strange woman. In Solomon's day, there was nothing sweeter than honey or smoother than oil. There was nothing more bitter than wormwood. Yet the lips of a whore are sweeter and smoother than honey and oil. The sweetness of the lips appeals to our sense of taste. The smoothness of oil appeals to our sense of touch. Song of Solomon, the adulteress is appealing to man's five sense gates. She is attempting to get in and capture his heart.

The battleground is the mind. It is through the mind that the heart is captured. The spoils of the victor are the wealth of a person whose heart and mind have led him down a path of bondage to sin; for whoever controls his heart gains his wealth. For a man will give his strength and wealth for what he holds dear. This is a daily battle that we must fight as long as we live in this mortal body of ours. Now the strange woman knows that she has to enter a man's mind and heart through his five sense gates; for she has been learning these rules of warfare from her youth. Thus, she speaks soft words to his ears, she beautifies herself for his eyes, she prepares her lips so that he will desire their taste and touch, and she will apply perfume to appeal to his sense of smell. There is no entrance gate that she will leave unattended. Proverbs 7:26 will tell us that "she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her."

This can be illustrated in Job 31:1. Note how Job understood this power of temptation. He said, "I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?" He made a quality decision in his heart before he encountered temptation that he would not gaze and stare upon a woman. A man cannot stop himself from seeing things and observing people. But a person can make a decision not to focus his attention upon it. A person can turn his eyes away from temptation and focus his thoughts upon something else. This is the decision that Job made. Note that Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that gazing upon a woman will turn our hearts towards adulterous thoughts. This is what Job was avoiding. Matthew 5:27-28, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Proverbs 5:3 — "For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb" The adulteress is called a "strange" woman. It is the strangeness of a whore that stands in direct contrast to "knowing" one’s wife. There was nothing sweeter on earth than honey. Yet, the lips of a woman are sweeter. This refers to the sense of taste. We could paraphrase the statement, "the lips of a strange woman drop as a honey comb" into saying it means a person who is able to sweet-talk someone into doing something.

Proverbs 5:3 — "and her mouth is smoother than oil" - Just as there are no tangible materials more valuable than gold and nothing sweeter than honey, so is the Word of God more valuable than these (Psalm 19:10). Likewise, no earthly substance is more slippery, smoother and lubricating than oil, yet a strange woman's lips surpasses even this.

Proverbs 5:4 — Bitterness and sharpness are used symbolically to describe what the spirit of man experiences when his conscience shows to him his sin. The grief and pain in a man's soul who has been overcome by sin is enormous.

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