Fornicating has always been called “love”

Proverbs Bible Background

09.05.2017 Old Testament: Pro 7.13–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs 7–8 on September 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Solomon showed us the wiles of a seductress, and what struck me was her reasoning and labeling, that she called fornication, or in this case, adultery, love,

So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
“I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
(Proverbs 7.13–20) 

Three thousand years ago, people called fornication love-making, and so one culture does not differ from any culture at any time of the world. She appealed to him with all kinds of temptation, and Solomon shows that the young man in the story gave in. Watch out!

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