Proverbs 7:6

ESV For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice,
NIV At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
NASB For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,
CSB At the window of my house I looked through my lattice.
NLT While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain,
KJV For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

What does Proverbs 7:6 mean?

Part of Solomon's teaching for his sons (Proverbs 7:1–5) is a reminder that he speaks from experience. The lessons he passes along come from things he has seen, heard, and done. Symbolizing that personal view, Solomon says he "looked out his window" and saw certain things. As Israel's king and magistrate, he was responsible for ruling well and deciding court cases. He was observant as well as wise. He observed life even from his window.

Believers gain wisdom not only from studying God's Word but also from observing the world. Although we should not be busybodies who spy on our neighbors (1 Timothy 5:13), neither should we refuse to face what is happening in the world (John 17:15–20; 1 Corinthians 5:9–11).

In His prayer to the Father in John chapter 17, Jesus did not pray that the Father would take us out of the world, but that the Father would keep us from the Devil (John 17:15). He told his Father: "As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). He has commissioned us as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) to the lost people of the world. Just as an ambassador needs to understand the culture of the people to whom his government has sent him, so we need to know the culture and thinking of the evil world system (Colossians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 9:19–23).
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