“Flee youthful lusts.”

Proverbs 7:1-18, 21-27

The sad case of Samson reminds us of the warnings of the book of Proverbs, against that treacherous form of sin. Evil company is always dangerous, but association with persons of impure life is deadly. May the young men of the household lay this days lesson to heart; it has been hard to write, but a sense of duty forced it upon us.

Proverbs 7:1

Treasure up this warning as a precious thing, it may save you from a wretched old age.

Proverbs 7:2, 3

Have right principles at your fingers’ ends, and in your heart’s core.

Proverbs 7:4, 5

As good women are our greatest blessings, so are bad women among the worst curses in the world. Flee from them, listen not to their words. To shew how wicked they are, Solomon tells us a tale of real life, which we will read with earnest prayer, that none of this household may ever imitate the foolish victim.

Proverbs 7:6, 7

Without grace in his heart, or sense in his head,

Proverbs 7:8

He had better have gone miles round than pass the spot,

Proverbs 7:9, 10

Late hours lead to no good.

Proverbs 7:11, 12

Had she been a fit companion she would have been at home.

Proverbs 7:14

O the wickedness of those who mix up religion with their filthiness; but this was a part of the bait with which to entrap the foolish young man.

Proverbs 7:15

This was another falsehood, she cared no more for him than for anybody else. O beware of these deceivers.

Proverbs 7:21

What a servant of Satan was she! There are many like her, who take fools in their nets.

Proverbs 7:22

The ox has no idea of what is coming, or he would never enter the slaughter-house: wicked young men little know the terrible remits of sin,

Proverbs 7:22

The drunkard smiles when set in the stocks, as if it were rare fun; so do foolish men dream that sin is pleasure.

Proverbs 7:23

His vital parts shall suffer for his folly, pain shall succeed his pleasures;

Proverbs 7:23

The life both of his. body and his soul shall be ruined by his vice.

Proverbs 7:27

Strong language, but none too strong. If young people knew what follows upon unclean actions, they would sooner burn their flesh with fire, or sleep with venomous reptiles, than have any communion with unchaste persons. Young women should loathe those gay fellows whose actions will not bear to be spoken of; and both young and old, male and female, should abhor any indelicacy of thought, word, or deed, in books or mirthful play.


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