Book: Proverbs 7
“Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral Woman, from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.”
A flatterer is a person who tries to influence another person with compliments to win favor. Often the flattery is insincere. The flatterer is selfishly using whatever methods they can, to win the person over to their side regardless of the truth or how it might be detrimental to them. Although they compliment another person, really their motives are satisfying their own lustful desires. David brings this out in Psalm 5:9 where he says, “My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery.” Notice that flattery is compared to an awful smell and a destructive end. Although it is intended to lure a person it is wicked.
So what is the protection against flattery? It’s wisdom. Wisdom gives insight to the situation and gives direction to not receive flattery.
Much of the advertisement today is based on flattery which tries to lure in customers. It will either suggest you deserve their product/service or you will feel great if you purchase their product/service. They suggest that it is all about you!
This reminds me of the serpent talking to Eve where he says, “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Satan convinced Eve that she deserved and needed what the fruit would bring her. But when she and Adam partook of it they experienced the wickedness behind it. They sinned. They lost their innocence and they lost their relationship they had with God.
We need to be aware of the flattery that comes at us. Sometimes it is a person who is trying to lead us into something we should flee from. Sometimes it is a corporation who doesn’t really care about us but just wants us to spend our money on their products. Sometimes it is the media wanting us to believe their propaganda so that they can promote their agenda. Flattery is used in so many different contexts, but it always results in wickedness.
God does not flatter us, He just loves us. One way He has demonstrated His love to us is by providing wisdom for every situation so that we will flee wickedness and receive His protection and blessing.