Warning Against the Adulterous Woman
7 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
When Johannes Gutenberg combined the printing press with movable type in 1450, he ushered in the era of mass communication in the West, spreading learning into new social realms. Literacy increased across the globe and new ideas produced rapid transformations in social and religious contexts. Gutenberg produced the first-ever printed version of the Bible. Prior to this, Bibles were painstakingly hand-copied, taking scribes up to a year to produce.
For centuries since the printing press has provided people like you and me the privilege of direct access to Scripture. While we also have electronic versions available to us, many of us often hold a physical Bible in our hands because of his inversion. What we once inaccessible given the sheer cost and time to have a Bible copied it readily at our fingertips today.
Having access to God’s truth is an amazing privilege. The wire of Proverbs indicates we should treat His instructions to use in the Scriptures as something to be cherished, as “the apple of [our] eye” (Proverbs 7:2) and to write His words of wisdom on “the table of [our] heart” (V. 3). As we seek to understand the Bible and live according to its wisdom, we, like scribes, are drawing God’s truth from our “fingers” down into our hearts, to be taken with us where we go.
How has having Scripture stored in your heat benefited you? How can you begin to internalize more of God’s wisdom?
Loving God, help me to know You Would intimately that I might live in the way You desire.