In Proverbs 7, Solomon describes the dangers of abusing our bodies and following after the path of immorality and adultery. God has declared that our bodies are temples, and like temples, we are to keep them sacred and free from evil influences.
Proverbs 7: Keeping the Commandments
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3)
It is not enough to keep the commandments casually. If we are to live in a way that pleases God, we must make the commandments part of us. We need to let the commandments of God drive all of our thoughts and decisions. They should be written in our hearts so that they cannot be easily forgotten when adversity comes.
Proverbs 7: The Snare of Immorality
The next section of Proverbs 7 describes a man being led away to commit adultery. A seductress plies him with fair words and pleasant promises. The passage closes with the ominous warning:
He goeth 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 hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. (Proverbs 7:22-23)
Unaware of the danger, an animal is enticed into a trap by something that seems not only harmless, but desirable. In the same way, a person may be lured by the seemingly harmless sin of sexual immorality, without knowing how damaging it can be. Sexual immorality is a sin of grievous consequence that can trap and kill the spirit just as easily as a snare can catch an animal.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma sheds light on the seriousness of such sins: “Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?” (Alma 39:5).
Proverbs 7: The Modern Plague of Immorality
Satan knows what a powerful tool the temptation of sexual immorality can be. He has done all he can to help change the attitudes of society so that practices that were once shunned are now embraced. God has ordained sexual powers only to be used between one man and one woman who have been united in a legal marriage.
Though these types of sins are serious, we can also be forgiven of them. Like the father in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, our Heavenly Father stands with open arms, waiting to embrace us when we realize the error of our ways and return to Him. Repentance is a difficult road that can be filled with sorrow, humiliation, and pain, but on the other side, there is hope and renewal.
It is far better, however, not to allow ourselves to be led away in the first place, no matter how sweet the words or fair the promises may be. Only by keeping the commandments firmly planted in our hearts, can we be sure to have power to remain pure amid the evil influences of the world.
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