Proverbs and Life’s Traps
The number one trap humans face in life is their own sin. Way back in Chapter One the father warned his son about not joining with those who try to entrap others. Verses 17 and 18 said, “How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! These men lie in wait for their own blood, they waylay only themselves!” Sin traps the sinner. But not all of life’s traps involve one’s own sin. Traps are also set by the wicked for the unwary. Chapter 23 speaks of several types of traps.
We are warned to beware of the deceitful host who has something up his sleeve beyond the delicacies he’s offered you (vv. 1-3, 5-7). Beware of the trap of fleeting riches (vv. 4-5). The scornful fool lies in wait for your wisdom in verse 8. Beware of the trap of trying to take candy from a baby. His Defender stands ready to pounce on you (vv. 10-11). Look out for the trap of the undisciplined child. It will spring shut sooner than you think (vv. 13-14). Watch out for the traps of envy (vv. 17-18), drunkenness and gluttony (vv. 19-21), scorn of parental guidance (vv. 22-25), adultery and fornication (vv. 26-28), and finally, the trap of drunkenness, which is revisited in verses 29 through 35. But the key verse for avoiding all these traps is in verse 26: “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.” God wants to be the treasure of your heart (Matthew 6:21).
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley