Proverbs 7 – Knockturn Alley

6 At the window of my house
    I looked down through the lattice.
I saw among the simple,
    I noticed among the young men,
    a youth who had no sense.
He was going down the street near her corner,
    walking along in the direction of her house
at twilight, as the day was fading,
    as the dark of night set in.

Proverbs 7:6-9 NIV
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Have you ever watched someone who was about to get into SO much trouble? Like not looking both ways before crossing the street? Maybe talking smack about their boss, only to realize said boss is right behind them? I’m sure there are plenty of other examples in life, but the result is the same. Someone watched a foolish person be foolish and then suffer the consequences. Solomon uses the imagery of looking out into the street and seeing a young man walk in a dark, bad place in of the city. A place where you typically only go if you intend on doing something foolish.

There is quite more to this passage than this. Again, Solomon warns against seductions. However we are responsible for the situations we put ourselves into. What tempts you? I mean it. Message me or comment below. Do you like giving into temptation? I have good news, You don’t have to.

When I picture this scenario playing out, I think of Knockturn Alley from the Harry Potter books and movies. A seedy place where you only go there if you want to deal in dark, bad stuff. Harry only lands there on accident.

The First step to not giving into temptation is not finding yourself in a place where you are more easily tempted. Turn off the late night TV. Don’t search the web without a filter. If it’s substance abuse issues, steer clear of that aisle of the store or that dark alley way in your town.

The wise know their weaknesses and don’t put themselves in a position to be exploited by them.

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