Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Women as Snares and Nets

In Ecclesiastes 7:26 we find a symbolic group of women who are referred to as snares and nets to unsuspecting men.

“And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart is snares and nets, Whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by her.”

Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes had more than his fair share of wives who were snares and nets. What does he have to say about them?

 First, he finds a woman whose heart is snares and nets to be worse than death. If a man gets caught in an evil woman’s snares and nets, think of all the damage that can be done. He can lose his business, his family, his friends, his reputation. Ultimately, he can lose his life.

The verse goes on to say, “whose hands are fetters.” Fetters refer to a chain or shackle to the feet. Makes me think of when men call their women an old ball and chain. 

Then we got to the last part of the verse. “He who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be trapped by her.” What a wonderful guide for any kind of temptation. 

Sin can be very enticing. If we’re living in the flesh, we may find ourselves drawn to temptation, sincerely believing that it’s a good thing. If we’re living for the Lord, we will see sin for what it is. The only way to avoid giving in to temptation is to walk daily in the way of the Lord, consulting Him on all that we do.

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