Deadly Lips

Proverbs 5:3-5

“For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.”

Still Relevant 

Many question the ability of a 3000 year old text to address the issues of modern life. They wonder how something written so long ago can have any relevance today. Yet, the wisdom of Proverbs came from the same Source that could see all of time in a glance.

The advice Solomon shared with his sons in these verses (and the next three) is as true today as it was back then. The siren song of a temptress can still woo a foolish, gullible man into the depths of hell.

Don’t Be Fooled

Unlike the modern intellectual who insists “perception is reality,” Solomon warns that false perception can kill. In effect he says, “Boys, don’t let a harlot fool you; she’s not what she seems.” In reality, her pucker is poison, and her “sweet nothing’s” a sword.

I’m reminded of the way Indians used to kill wolves. They would repeatedly dip a sharp knife in blood, freezing each layer, until the blade was completely covered. When a wolf smelled the blood it would find the popsicle and lick away. As its tongue became lacerated, its own blood made it lick more, until it bled to death.

In much the same way, a man’s desire for beautiful women is as natural as a wolf’s craving for blood. And because the Enemy knows our weaknesses, he places lipstick-covered blades in our path (and on our computer screens). Only wisdom can discern the danger.

Heed the Warning!

An old country song said, “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” Sadly, that’s what many men say when captured by her spell. Translation: “Her lips are sweet; her mouth is smooth; and I will partake of her pleasures all the way to the grave.”

Oh, that men would heed this warning! Oh, that our sons would remember “favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain” (Prov. 31:30). A woman that feareth the Lord is not only worthy of praise, but she probably won’t poison, stab, and waltz you through the gates of hell.

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman. For what has God above chosen for us? What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high? Isn’t it calamity for the wicked and misfortune for those who do evil? Doesn’t he see everything I do and every step I take?” – Job 31:1-4 NLT

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About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor/preacher/teacher, musician, and Time Magazine's Person of The Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. His tombstone will read, "I Can't Believe He Actually Said That!" Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him. View all posts by Anthony Baker

8 responses to “Deadly Lips

  • danklemitis

    The first thought that came to mind was “They ask about things written 2000-3000 years having any relevance for today when it comes from the Bible, yet most ancient Eastern and other ancient Western texts can have so much application to today!” Wrather double-minded, eh?

    I fell into this trap, as well, and I almost married that woman! For her sake, I will not relate any of the stories that verify my claim. You can just live with that!

  • David

    I guess that Solomon’s warning about the lips of a strange woman could extend beyond our computer screens to anything that steals us away from God?

    • danklemitis

      Agreed! That was my first thought when I was reading through Proverbs for this blog.

      • Anthony Baker

        Yes, and there is so much more that could have been addressed in a discussion of these verses, including how many of the girls playing the part don’t even realize it. Then, also, there is the fact that women in porn usually hate men and want to use them till they’re ruined.

        Anthony Psalm 57:2

        Sent from iPhone.

  • Jason Sneed

    Anthony, great post! I hope that we, as men, can not only heed the warning ourselves, but teach this to the next generation as well – just as Solomon was saying.

  • Middle Age Ramblings

    Great post! God’s Word is still as relevant today as it was when it was written. I agree with Jason above. As Christian men we have to set the example for the next generation. It’s amazing when I notice how much my two grandsons, even though they are just 2 years and 8 months, are watching me!

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