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Proverbs 2:17

Proverbs 2:17 "Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God."

Solomon’s description of his son’s male and female threats start with very similar characteristics.The first characteristic he lists of the evil man is his froward words (verse 12) and the first characteristic he lists of the strange woman is her flattering words (verse 16).The second description he lists of the evil man is his past, in particular, his spiritual past (verse 13).Here in verse 17, the second description he gives of the strange woman is her past informing his young son that she too had a spiritual past.The evil woman that Solomon was concerned about was the woman who had a godly upbringing guided by the Lord God of Israel.This woman didn’t forget the covenant of Israel’s God, she intentionally forgot the covenant of HERGod.
The strange woman of Proverbs 2 is not the young lady who was raised by drunkards and gluttons.She is not the little girl who was passed from house…

Proverbs 2:16

Proverbs 2:16 "To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;"

For Solomon’s successor to have success, he would need to open his heart to wisdom.Standing in the way of Rehoboam’s success were evil people.Rehoboam’s projected prosperity as heir apparent to the king would undoubtedly attract evil people looking to capitalize off his fortune and fame.Solomon knew that there would be evil men who would see his son as their path to power.The wise king knew that there would also be evil women who would see his son as their path to prestige.Few, if any cared about what they could do to help Rehoboam achieve success while many cared about what Rehoboam could do to help them get what they wanted.This is precisely why Solomon was teaching his son the need for wisdom.Wisdom’s daughter, Discretion would help Rehoboam identify and avoid the evil people who, like leeches, intended on latching onto him in order to steal from him success and …

Proverbs 2:14-15

Proverbs 2:14-15 "Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:"

In the passage, Solomon described the man that he knew would pose his son great spiritual risk.He assigned three specific characteristics to this man so as to help Rehoboam identify him.The first characteristic of an evil man is that he will speak froward, or perverse things (verse 12).He will have a dirty mouth, one given to evil words and wicked content.The second characteristic of an evil man is that he will have left the paths of uprightness (verse 13). At some point in his past, he will have had experience with the right way, making him an effective recruiter of those still on that way to join him in the ways of darkness.The third and final characteristic of an evil man is that he willrejoice to do evil (verse 14).Not only will he rejoice in his own evil but he will delight in the frowardness, or perversionof other evil souls.

Proverbs 2:13

Proverbs 2:10-13 "When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness."

In this second half of the chapter, Solomon is going to describe the real threat to his son’s success.He doesn’t list modern inventions or growing technology.He doesn’t list unhealthy foods or questionable medical practices.He doesn’t list hobbies, activities or education.Instead, he describes people – a man in verses 12-15 and a woman in verses 16-20.By far, people are the greatest threats to our spiritual success.By a longshot, men and women are the greatest threats to the spiritual success of our sons and daughters.
In verse 12, Solomon identifies the type of man that poses the greatest amount of danger to Rehoboam – it is an “evil man.”In verse 13, we learn m…