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1. For a fun night out on the town, what would you do? Where would you go? With whom?
2. Where do you go to have fun without “wine, women or song”? Why there?
3. Which TV ads get your attention and why? What sales pitch jingle rings in your mind most often?
4. If you were to set this chapter to music, what would you underscore? Where would you introduce dissonance? Cymbals? Harp? Drum roll? Resolution?
5. What is meant by the “apple of your eye”? Why is it used here (verse 2)?
6. What is meant by “write them on the tablet of your heart” (verse 3 and Jeremiah 31:33)? How do you write on it? What do you write?
7. Solomon seems quite concerned about prostitution and adultery (Proverbs chapters 2, 5, 6, and 7). Why? How has sexual sin affected Solomon’s own life, heritage, integrity and parenting?
8. By extension, what is the result of marital disloyalty which causes biblical writers to speak so forcefully against it?
9. Can adultery and prostitution also be symbolic for all wrongdoing, which leads one astray from God? Why do you think so?
10. When was the last time some smooth talker convinced you to do or buy something that was against your better judgment? What did you learn from the experience? What did the lesson learned really cost you?
11. In shopping for a church, do you always ask up front what membership will cost you in the end? Or do you ‘buy now and pay later’, little knowing what the full cost will be? Why?
12. In seeking God’s will, by what means does He divert your attention from a wrong course of action? Or do you usually find out only after it’s too late?
13. How then does God ‘advertise’ His will and persuade you to buy into it?
- He abides by ‘full disclosure’ standards?
- God wants you to ‘buy first and pay later’, as otherwise you might never buy?
- God wants you to fully count the cost first before making any decision of faith?
- Fully trusting, in a childlike way?