September 5 | Daily Devotion

September 5 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.” ~Proverbs 7:21

The sage writes a lengthy poem about the seductive dangers of the adulteress (chapter 7). In vivid language, he tells about watching a young man from the window of his house. The fellow falls for the old tricks of a wayward woman. She promises him a good time, but it is a trap. “Her house is the highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death” (Prov. 7:27).

Solomon wants to spare his children pain. He has seen (and experienced) the snares of sexual escapades. As a follow up, he picks up a favored topic and composes a poem in praise of wisdom. We would do well to get as much wisdom as we can! Those who long for it will find it. They will also find life and the favor of God (Prov. 8:34-35).

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.