Proverbs 7:21 (Mini Sermon)


21. Pro 7:21 - "With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him." A. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, i. The strange woman employed fair speech to convince the young man. a. Fair adj. - 1. Beautiful to the eye; of pleasing form or appearance; good-looking. 4. Of language, diction: Elegant. Hence fair speaker. Obs. 5. a. Of external manifestations, words, promises: Attractive or pleasing at the first sight or hearing; specious, plausible, flattering. b. Elegant adj. - 1. Tastefully ornate in attire; sometimes in unfavourable sense: Dainty, foppish. 4. a. Of composition, literary style, etc.; also of words or phrases: Characterized by grace and refinement; ‘pleasing by minuter beauties’ (J.). b. Of a speaker or author: Characterized by refinement and polish of style. c. Good words and fair speeches are used to deceive the simple (Rom 16:18; Pro 7:7). ii. Her fair speech was executed masterfully. a. She began by appealing to his spirituality and morality by pretending to be religious (Pro 7:14). b. Then she appeals to his pride by telling him that she has been diligently seeking him and has found him (Pro 7:15). c. Next she appeals to his sensuality by telling him of her ornately adorned and perfumed bed (Pro 7:16-17). d. Next she appeals to his lust by outright asking him to make love with her (Pro 7:18). e. Finally, she allays his fears by assuring him that her husband is not home and will not be back to a long time (Pro 7:19-20). iii. The result of her fair speech was to cause him to yield. a. Yield v. - III. To surrender, give way, submit. 14. a. To hand over, give up, relinquish possession of, surrender, resign. 17. a. To give way to persuasion, entreaty, or the like; to cease to oppose or object; to submit, comply, consent. b. with inf. or clause, or with to and n.: To submit, consent, agree (to do something, that something should be done, or to something proposed). b. The fact that he was made to yield indicates that he was hesitant and was exerting some resistance. c. She was able to overcome any hesitation he had with her fair speech. B. with the flattering of her lips she forced him. i. Flatter v. - 1. a. intr. Of an animal, bird, etc.: To show delight or fondness (by wagging the tail, making a caressing sound, etc.). 2. To try to please or win the favour of (a person) by obsequious speech or conduct; to court, fawn upon. 3. To praise or compliment unduly or insincerely. ii. The most powerful and oft used tool in the arsenal of the strange woman is flattery (Pro 2:16; Pro 5:3; Pro 6:24; Pro 7:5). iii. She was spreading a net for his feet by fawning upon him with insincere praise (Pro 29:5). iv. By use of enticing words, she forced him into her filthy bed. a. Force v. - 1. trans. To use violence to; to violate, ravish (a woman). 3. a. To constrain by force (whether physical or moral); to compel; to overcome the resistance of. to force (one's) hand: to compel one to act prematurely or to adopt a policy he dislikes. b. The fact that she forced him indicates that he did put up some resistance. c. Though women are the weaker vessel (1Pe 3:7), they have great power over men through their looks and words to overcome their resistance and compel them to do what they want.
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