by Jeff Strite

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The Kisses You Do Not Want (3 of 4)
Series: The Kiss
Jeff Strite
Proverbs 27:36-50

(A Poem)
Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse
To let a fool kiss you is stupid
But to let a kiss fool you is worse.
(Readers Digest 2/77 p.103)

As I noted a couple of weeks ago, the Bible is just filled with kissing. They did a whole lot more kissing back then than we do now in our society - and kissing in that day indicated that a person LIKED you.

But back then there are certain kisses that you wouldn't have wanted.

For example:
There are the kisses of people who would like to take advantage of you.
Back in the book of Genesis we read about the time when Jacob (who later became ''Israel'') ran away from home. He'd lied to his brother and his life was in danger. So he traveled to his uncle's house to find shelter there. His uncle Laban greeted him with a kiss. But it wasn't a kiss of affection or love for a relative. It was the kiss of a man who knew he'd found a patsy. Laban saw in Jacob someone he could take advantage of… so he did.

And then, in Proverbs, we're told of the kisses of the adulteress.
Proverbs 7 tells about such a woman catching the attention of a young man, and ''She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:
''… I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!
My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.'' Proverbs 7:13-19

She's not a very nice person… but she knows how to kiss.
So the young man goes with her.
The writer of Proverbs tells us ''Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.'' Proverbs 7:25-27

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