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In this Proverb is the account of a foolish young man being seduced by an older adulterous woman. This woman anticipated the young man walking by her house in the evening. She waited and enticed the young man to come into her house to have sex with her. She told the young man that her husband had left town and would not be back for a long period of time.

In her conversation with the young man she said something that stood out to me. She said “I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows.” Evidently this woman was religious. She probably attended religious services regularly and went through religious ceremonies. However, as this Proverb indicates, she was given over to sin. She wrongfully believed that going through her religious rituals would keep her from God’s punishment.

The same situation exists today with regard to religion. There are people who attend religious services one day of the week. However, the rest of the week they are given over to sin. They think their religion will protect them from God’s punishment. However, the Bible does not teach this.

The Bible says that we will be held accountable for the sins we commit. God will punish us for our sins so that we will turn from sin. However, if we do not repent or turn from our sins, God’s punishment will be eternal, and we will spend eternity in Hell. Therefore, we must repent of our sins and walk rightly before God if we want to avoid going to Hell.