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How to Overcome Temptation - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 5 of 26
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Proverbs 1:8-19
Mar 10, 1988 am - Temptation THE MEANING OF "TEMPTATION". I was surprised to find that the English word, "Temptation" is nowhere to be found in Proverbs. But this should not hinder our study in the least, for the Book abounds with counsel on that subject. "To tempt", of course, simply means, "to solicit or encourage to sin". In describing it, the authors employ a wide and interesting vocabulary, only some of which we can presently examine: In v.10, we read, "If sinners entice", which is a translation of the Hebrew, PATA. This word literally means, "To make wide, or to open up". It brings to mind a boxer, whose guard is dropped, thereby exposing his face to the blows of his opponent. It is so used in 16:29-30. An evil man acts very friendly to his neighbor for the purpose of gaining his confidence and causing his suspicions to cease. Then, he burglarizes his house, violates his wife, kidnaps his children, or murders him. Thus by "temptation", we are "opened up" to sin. Another word is SHAGAH, which means, "to lead astray". It reminds us of the tourist who is walking down a safe, well-lighted street. One of the locals, however, shows him a "short-cut" down a darkened alley, where, in turn, the fool ... More >>>

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