Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

6 She gives no thought to the way of life;

   her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

7 Now then, my sons, listen to me;

   do not turn aside from what I say.

8 Keep to a path far from her,

   do not go near the door of her house,

 

 The wayward woman is thoughtlessly wanders from one moment to the next, with no plan for the future. Constantly distracted, she fails to see where her decisions are taking her. She sees others progress towards their goals and is envious of their success, but she makes no effort to imitate them. She gets what she wants by manipulation rather than diligence; seduction rather than merit. She is a master of innuendo, oblivious to contemplation, contemptuous of prudence.

 “Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.” The father cannot protect his sons from such women, so he impresses upon them the importance of his guidance. He equips them for the temptations they will face, he emphasizes that they are his sons, he urges them to stay on the path of wisdom.

 “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.” Some things in life are best avoided altogether, regardless of how strong you think you are. “Don’t even go near the place of temptation,” warns the father, because he knows that nothing good comes from flirting with disaster.

 Is there a place that brings out your weaknesses and entices you into bad decisions? A thing you shouldn’t allow into your house? The inconvenience of avoiding it is well worth the effort. Don’t rely on willpower alone; establish boundaries to protect yourself from the shame of regret.

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