Yesterday we looked at how the prostitute and adulterous woman catches men with her words, today, well look at how she catches them with her eyes and beauty.
Let me start by saying that God made women to be beautiful - and so that men would be attracted to them. Women are different from men - and viva la difference! BUT . . . to lust after beauty is sin. That is why the adulterous woman has power to affect the thoughts, desires, and actions of men who are not careful.
The wise man warns us not to desire the beauty of the adulteress! The word for desire here means to lust, to covet, to desire passionately. It has the idea of something intense. Seeing a beautiul woman and acknowledging she is beautiful is one thing - but when our look and heart turns lustful - things can become dangerous. From yesterday we saw how an adulteress lures men in with her words. That is repeated for us in verse 24 again here - but now the adulteress does more with her beauty and her eyes.
The fool is the man who does not short-circuit lust from his heart. This man is speaking with the adulteress - and with her words fresh in his foolish mind - he now turns to her beauty and begins to have stronger desires for her that pollute his heart. This brings him to the point of seeing her in his heart - and desiring that beauty - which cannot be done in holiness. Next she uses her eyelids to capture him. What a frightening phrase is used here! She uses her eyelids like a rat trap - and when a guy is draw to and begins to stare at her eyes - she snaps the trap shut with another fool.
Men - our world is filled with lustful images. We live in a highly charged sexually minded society. It is all around us. That is why we have to be extra careful in how we interact with women. That is why we need to be wise and resist looking at a woman wrongly. If we do - we will face inevitable consequences - which if we entertain them long enough - may even result in adultery and the destruction of our families. Take great caution and be ready to run. As the Proverbs tell us - also be delighted in your wife - and in her alone. It is a dangerous world in which we live when it comes to man/woman relationships. Protect yourself by being focused on your wife. The alternative may promise a few moments of pleasure - but then again - so does the cheese for the mouse - until the trap springs and his neck is broken.