Has anyone else noticed how much talk there is of adultery in the first nine chapters of Proverbs?? If it was any other manuscript than the Bible I would say it’s a little too much. But since it’s the Bible, God obviously has something to teach us.
As this scripture says, its wisdom and understanding that will keep us from the adulteress. We’re called to become close personal friends with wisdom and understanding. We’re supposed to call out to wisdom and tell her (notice the feminine form of wisdom) that she is our sister and call understanding a close family member! Apparently when you’re in the same family as wisdom and understanding you are protected from the horror of the adulteress and her lies. Keeping family like this will keep you away from the terrible results of lying with her:
“Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.” – Proverbs 7:26-27
So I was thinking about this, if calling understanding your kinsman and wisdom your sister leads to a life free from the terrible result of adultery, what is the effect of running with other spirits? So the opposite of wisdom as declared by Proverbs is foolishness. Then the opposite of understanding must be ignorance? So run with wisdom and understanding and stay away from adultery, run with foolishness and ignorance and fall right into her trap?
Also of note, in proverbs foolishness is always used in the masculine, wisdom in the feminine. Do you think that God is trying to tell us something??
Who do you call your family?