Hmm, this chapter is a little bit of a tricky one. It talks mostly about a man staying away from an adulterous woman. Truth be told, the verses can be switched around for the married woman contemplating cheating on her husband too.
I know that this verse is talking to a man, talking about a bad or immoral woman, but I think it can also be likened to TEMPTATION, period. I can't count the number of times I've done or said something wrong because I simply went or stayed close to something (or even someone) that would tempt me into sin. In fact, it doesn't even have to be sin, it could simply be a bad habit. E.g. you know you have a weak spot for shopping online, and yet you subscribe to different stores for sales. Or you know you shouldn't eat more than a certain amount, but you went to the cafeteria on the 10th floor with N1000, instead of N200 and ended up overeating because you bought waaaaaaay too much food.... (oh, was that just me?)
The latter part of this chapter again deals with adultery, but let's focus on the first four verses, shall we? I'm taking stock of the fact that Solomon was the richest man in the world (I'm sure Bill Gates would have been like a pauper to him). So we have the richest man in the world writing this...
Solomon isn't talking about lending his friend money - that's different. I think he's saying that if you agree to sign on as a guarantor, not only are you indebted to the lender, you're also indebted to your friend. Why? Because if your friend decides that he/she isn't going to pay the debt, the onus is on YOU! If the lender decides they want their money back today, you're ultimately the person that will be responsible for paying that debt.
Adultery again!!! Yes, it is THAT serious! For King Sol to go on, over 3 chapters, continue talking about adultery, it should be a much bigger deal than it seems to be in the world. Apart from warning you against adultery, I like these beginning verses...
In a nutshell, this passage urges us to always keep God's instructions close to our hearts.
What are YOUR favorite verses from Chapters 5 to 7? And what are your thoughts about the ones I mentioned? I've really been enjoying the comments that have been given on the previous posts. If you missed them, see Day 1 here, and Days 2-4 here.