Pro 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
Pro 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
Pro 7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
Pro 7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
Pro 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
Pro 7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
Pro 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
Pro 7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
Pro 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Pro 7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
Pro 7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
Pro 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
Pro 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Pro 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
Pro 7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Pro 7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
Pro 7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
Pro 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
I believe this scripture teaches some principles about behavior. Yes, it points out the bad behavior of this lewd woman, but it also implies what behavior is acceptable. I know it is talking about an immodest, immoral woman, but we can learn some things from her bad behavior. We can learn how not to behave. If she behaved wrongly, then how should we behave?
This woman is bold, boisterous, shameless, very forward, lustful, and stubborn. Notice her ungodly deeds are cloaked by the darkness of night. She is not at home where she belongs, but goes about the streets looking for a man she can seduce while her husband is away. She is an adulteress. She deliberately wears clothes that will attract men. She grabs the man and kisses him. She flatters him with her words and entices him to return to her bed with her and spend the night.
As I read this passage in Proverbs 7, I thought of the contrast between this woman and the woman of Proverbs 31.
The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 "looketh well to the ways of her household." She is not out in street looking for a man to seduce.
The husband of the Proverbs 31 woman can trust his wife. She does him good and not evil.
Instead of being out on the street at night, she is rising while it is night to provide food for her household. She is too diligent and busy to spend her time devising some evil scheme of seduction.
She is clothing herself and her household with proper attire.
She is strong and honorable, wise and kind.
She keeps a tight ship so to speak, keeping watch on the behavior within her home.
It seems that the behavior of our culture is growing farther and farther away from godliness. I see young ladies being forward and flirting and chasing the young men. I see them dressing for seduction rather than being modest. Things that were unacceptable thirty years ago are now okay. It bothers me when I see "christian" girls attending prom in dresses that look like a nighty. If that is not the attire of a harlot, what is? What does a harlot wear today? It would be hard to wear less than some of these prom outfits. When did prom become a christian activity anyway? Why do people think it is okay to wear strapless mini dresses? I also see young ladies lowering their christian standards for their wedding day, too, wearing strapless, showing cleavage. Please save it for the honeymoon. That is for the groom only. Where will this progression take us in the next thirty years?
The forwardness of some of the girls in our day has made it so the young men are no longer gentlemen. Those young ladies who try to do things God's way and let the men be men wait around hoping for their knight and he doesn't come because he is so use to the forwardness of the girls that he refuses to become vulnerable and make the first move. It is like he has to have the assurance that he will not be turned down before he will take the proper course of action. Where is the galliant young man who believes it is right to approach a girls father before approaching her for a romantic relationship. We live in an upside down world. We need the girls to get back to modesty and shamefacedness. We need young men to get back to biblical principles of being responsible leaders, recognizing the proper authority in a girls father instead of just chatting on the internet without even the knowledge of the parents. Look where all this has gotten us. The last stats I heard said the divorce rate among those who claim to be christians is higher than 50 percent. We need to get back to Biblical behavior.
Obviously Proverbs 7 is a warning to young men to stay away from this type of woman. A christian girl should strive to be as far opposite from her as possible. Thankfully, the Bible gives us the positive example of Proverbs 31.
Note: Some New Testament passages on the subject of behavior are 1 Tim. 2:9-10, Titus 2:1-5