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.
After telling his sons not to chase after immoral women (:24-25) father offers a couple of reasons why in typical parallel Hebrew poetry.
“Many are the victims she has brought down, her slain are a mighty throng” (:26). The terms here are severe. “Victims” are literally “ones pierced” and “slain” are those “killed” – they’re dead!
Furthermore, he wants his sons to understand is that they would be nothing more than another guy standing in a long line of “slain” “victims.” None of them were ever special to this woman!
“Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death” (:27). “The grave” is the Hebrew word often translated “hell” and “death” is…just plain old death!
Dad wants his boys need to realize just how serious this matter is. Hanging out with this lady is truly and only a “highway to hell!”
Men, ancient and modern, know about this problem. Yet, we acknowledge we often have trouble listening and staying focused on doing the next right thing when women are around in inappropriate settings.
Sadly, we’ll pay dearly if we fail to listen – and that’s really so stupid, because the warnings and consequences have been made pretty clear.
But, this is father-to-son talk. Mammas have been saying the same things to their daughters for millennia, too!