SOME WOMEN ARE VIRTUOUS, OTHERS ARE MERELY INNOCENT, BUT THEN THERE IS THE WOMAN WHO IS LIKE A GRAVEYARD TO ALL WHO VISIT HER. The Book Of Proverbs Has Much To Say About Women: Some Good, Some Bad, Some Excellent. Those that live in the graveyard of sin are not just bad, they are ruinous to good health.
The natural reading of the passage tells us what is required to inhabit the land and remain in it. If a person dies, how can they remain in the land forever. Even bones will eventually decompose. So the passage points to eternal life.
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1–5)…So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (Proverbs 2:20–22)
Few people understand the fear of the Lord. When I say few, I have yet to meet one. Most have the common version that is a reinterpretation of what people think the fear of the Lord might be, even if keeping away from the wanton woman who is interested in merely carnal matters is part of understanding the fear of the Lord.
But the first born of Creation delighted in the fear of the Lord. The key to our salvation is understanding the fear of the Lord.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; (Colossians 1:15)
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear. ( Isaiah 11:3)
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
If a male truly loves God and desires to walk in His ways, he will not turn aside like Samson and indulge in the treacherous pleasures of the flesh.
Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a harlot, and he went in to her. (Judges 16:1)…When Deli′lah saw that he had told her all his mind, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up this once, for he has told me all his mind.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. She made him sleep upon her knees; and she called a man, and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free.” And he did not know that the Lord had left him. (Judges 16:18–20)
Walking in the ways of the Lord Jesus Christ are essential if we are to experience the joys of eternal life now. Eternal life is not something that begins sometime in the future, it begins once you have received it—that is, unless you decide to disregard what you have been given and turn away. However, once you truly have been saved, you will be known by your fruits; delighting in the fear of the Lord—the hatred of evil—will be paramount.