This is a second parental exhortation, and consists of a warning against the allurements of the strange woman. A graphic picture of the seduction of a youth void of understanding is given. The woman whom Solomon saw is still in our cities, and, alas, so is the youth void of understanding. The address closes with words of burning which tell the issue. The deceived youth passes to the place of slaughter like an ox, till physical nemesis overtakes him. Like a bird hasting to a snare, without consciousness that it means the ending of life, so goes the simple one to the place of sin. In order that it may not be so, this parental counsel is given. In the hour of sin's glamor it is good for the soul to look through to the end which is in Sheol and the chambers of death. When the voice of the siren is heard, it is good to pause and listen to the moan of the breakers on the shore of darkness and death, for to that shore the way of impurity assuredly leads.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25