strange woman

Proverbs 2:16

2:16 strange woman. The “strange woman” (i.e., “alien woman”) is named as such no less than ten times in Proverbs, with both literal and figurative applications. Foreign women, with different gods and moral standards than those of Israel, often led God’s people into sin, including Solomon himself (I Kings 11:1-8). This situation also represents spiritual adultery, with the Israelites not only consorting with strange women but also worshipping strange gods. This is suggested in the next verse, “forgetteth the covenant of her god” (Proverbs 2:17).

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