As I read through Proverbs 7 today, I wondered to myself what warning would I give to my daughters about a seductive man.

Because I think Proverbs 7 holds powerful lessons for living well, I read it through several more times, switching the pronouns around.

Here’s where I landed on what I would say to my daughters.

My daughter, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my sayings. Remember them. Seek to live them. For if you do, you will not find yourself in the arms or bed of an adulterous man. You will not find your life and your reputation shipwrecked because of the adulterous, seductive man.

Hold fast to wisdom. Embrace it like your closest, loved family member.

I see that man walking towards you. Seductive. Charming. Dressed to impress and his heart full of intentions to seduce you and to conquer your heart.

I see him taking hold of you and kissing you. He whispers in your ear how he can’t wait to know every inch of you and how he’s been looking for you everywhere. He caresses you with his persuasive words, telling you you’re the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen and his wife doesn’t even compare.

Guard your heart, daughter. Turn and run in the other direction. Save yourself.

Then he invites you to come away with him to his hotel. My wife, he says, is not on this trip with me, and I’m going to leave her by year’s end. Come away with me, my love, we can build a life together. I promise I will leave my wife.

Guard your heart, daughter. Turn and run in the other direction. Save yourself.

Daughter, do not listen to him. Do not let his persuasive words hijack your judgement. You’ve heard these stories before. You know how they end. Choosing to go with this man may cost you your life.

His house leads to death, not to a flourishing life.

Guard your heart, daughter. Turn and run in the other direction. Save yourself.

  • Paraphrase of Proverbs 7

If you’re a parent, what advice would you give to your children based on Proverbs 7?

Additional advice I would give to my kids. Jesus is rich in grace and healing. If you ever find yourself having made a choice that’s harmful, you can find healing and restoration in Jesus. You’re loved.

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