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Proverbs 2:18 (Mini Sermon)

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18. Pro 2:18 - "For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead."
A. For her house inclineth unto death
i. An encounter with a strange woman may be deadly.
a. Her house is a place where men go to lose their souls and possibly their lives as well.
b. A man that enters therein destroys his own soul (Pro 6:32-33).
ii. Not only is his soul in jeopardy; if the whore's husband finds him, his very life may be at risk (Pro 6:34-35).
iii. If the adulterer escapes the revenge of the strange woman's husband, he will not escape the retribution of the LORD (Rom 12:19).
a. Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Heb 13:4).
b. The judgment of God on a man who commits the "heinous crime" (Job 31:11) of adultery might come suddenly, as did the death of Ananias and Sapphira who likewise committed a wicked sin against the LORD (Act 5:1-10).
c. Or it may come later at the time of God's choosing (1Ti 5:24).
d. The man who is tempted to give in to the allure of the strange woman better remember that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb 10:31).
e. The LORD's judgment for such an odious sin may well be the sexually transmitted disease he received from his lover, which he will have to suffer with and regret for the rest of his life (Pro 5:11-13).
iv. If the whoremonger escapes with his life and health, he is still not off the hook, for the LORD has yet more ways of chastising him, such as taking from him his house, wealth, and retirement, destroying him financially through the courts for his dreadful sin (Pro 5:8-10; Pro 6:24-26; Job 31:9-12).
B. And her paths unto the dead.
i. Here we find the identification of the victims of the strange woman: the dead.
ii. She primarily seeks for those who have no moral compass nor godly principles that guide their lives.
a. She isn't usually looking for those who are "dead to sin" (Rom 6:2), but for those who are yet "dead in sins" (Eph 2:5) and are only concerned with "fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind" (Eph 2:3).
b. Such reprobates are easy targets for the adulteress because they don't have a regenerate spirit within them warring against the flesh and its lusts (Gal 5:17).
c. Furthermore, they don't have God in their corner protecting them from her, for "the mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein" (Pro 22:14).
iii. Desirous of a challenge, the adulteress not only goes after reprobates who offer little resistance, but she also "will hunt for the precious life" (Pro 6:26).
a. She seeks the "young man void of understanding" (Pro 7:7), who, when properly enticed, will go "after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird that hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life" (Pro 7:22-23).
b. Thus the reason that Solomon wrote this warning to his son and exhorted him to listen to him and get wisdom which would save him from her and his death that would follow (Pro 7:24-27).