Proverbs 6:5 (Mini Sermon)


5. Pro 6:5 - "Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler." A. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, i. This is the second time that Solomon has exhorted his son to save himself from the trap of suretiship, which demonstrates how important it is to do so. a. Deliver v. - 1. trans. To set free, liberate, release, rescue, save. b. We cannot save ourselves eternally, but we can save ourselves temporally from the consequences of bad decisions (Act 2:40). ii. By agreeing to be surety for a friend one has snared himself in a trap (Pro 6:2). iii. Snare v. - 1. a. trans. To capture (small wild animals, birds, etc.) in a snare; to catch by entangling. iv. Solomon uses the example of a roe (a deer) delivering itself out of the hand of the hunter to illustrate extricating ourselves from being liable for another man's debt. a. In Biblical times, larger animals were often hunted using nets (Isa 51:20) or pits (2Sa 23:20). b. Both of these techniques were used to capture animals. c. Once the animal was captured in either a net or a pit, it would fight with all its might to deliver itself from the hand of the hunter who was coming to kill it. d. If we have become surety for a friend's debt obligation, we should likewise do everything in our power to deliver ourselves from that trap before it's too late. B. and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. i. A fowler likewise catches his prey with nets and snares (Psa 91:3). ii. Fowler n. - 1. One who hunts wild birds, whether for sport or food, esp. with nets; a bird-catcher. iii. Just as the bird would try desperately to get out of the net before the fowler comes to harvest him, so must we do likewise if we have guaranteed another's debt.
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