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The Believer’s Path Is Far Away from the Immoral Path
Proverbs 5:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
Keep your way far from her: The sons’ way (דֶּרֶךְ derek) or path of righteousness (life) is another route, which is different from the strange woman, that is, the immoral woman. The Hebrew far (רָחוֹק rachoq or רָחֹק rachoq) is to be a great distance from another. The sons’ path of righteousness is certainly far removed from the immoral path of the strange woman. Her is the strange woman from verses 3-6.
And do not go near the door of her house: Passing by the door of her house may seem innocent enough but is really a dangerous situation that can lead to ultimate downfall. The son needs to see where there may not even be evidence that there is seduction in the air. Verse 8 has it contrasted with the son’s warning to keep themselves far from her and not go near.
The sons need to stay as far away as possible from the door of temptation, the fleshly influence of the strange woman. There is no reason to take the risk of listening to her raspy voice, seeing her sensual figure, exposing them to her immodest clothing. How foolish to place human senses, seeing, hearing, and smell, in the presence of temptation.
We need not only accept the Word of God at this moment on this issue, but we need to cling to it and let it be always before our eyes, controlling our thing and heart when we are violently under attack from temptation. We must have a tremendous amount of fear and abhorrence of sin. We must fear as we would fear being infected with a plague. Fleshly lusts would be quickly set aside if we thought the other had a severe sexually transmitted disease. If we could perceive sin in the same way, we would loathe it. We must avoid anything and everything that can lead to a sinful thought or act, especially innocent appearing situations. If we are to remain unharmed by sin, we must keep the harmful things away. If we throw ourselves at temptation, our prayer to God has gone unheard, leading us not into temptation. We need to remove anything that is close to us that will lead to sin in time if we want to save our souls. – Matthew 5:28-30.