Day 40: Ecclesiastes 7:25-26

“I applied my heart to know, to search out wisdom and the reason of things, to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness. And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be trapped by her.”
Searching for the truth behind wisdom and foolishness, Solomon examines his own life in which he fulfilled to the utmost his lustly flesh by gathering to himself wife after wife and concubine after concubine. What does he conclude? “I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters.”
His desires pulled him down, turned his heart away from God, and led him down a path of destruction. Yes, this was the wisest man in the world.
How much more possible is it for me today to be ensnared by these same desires? How much more possible is it for men and women today to succumb to their flesh?
What is Solomon’s conclusion? “He who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be trapped by her.”
May I be one of those who “pleases God” in this way.

More bitter than death is the woman who snares,
The woman whose heart is a net.
The man who escapes her, how well he fares-
The man who does not has regret.

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