Suddenly he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost him his life. (Proverbs 7:22-23)
The condition of a man lured into sexual sin is described here. Dumb as an ox, chained like a fool, like a bird hurrying to be trapped. The endgame is a fatal attraction. Like an arrow that pierces the liver…the sinful pleasure carries a serious sentence. We will not survive an arrow to the liver. Death is a sure thing. So is the result of being caught up in the trap that the adulteress sets. Sadly, many men and women go willingly, choosing not to think about the slaughter. I don’t imagine an ox knows where he is going when he goes on to go no more. A fool in fetters does not give much thought to his discipline…he’s just a fool being foolish. It is his nature. A bird alights and hops towards the bait…it doesn’t see the snare. But oh, how he will soon feel the fowler’s snare! Flight is no longer an escape route. Fight is a not so smart alternative. The snare will close tighter and tighter. The admonition is to think about the outcome before we join in with the come on. There is a price to pay for sexual sin…as with any other kind of idolatry...it will cost us our life.