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June 9, 2018

“...Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness...” (Romans 13:13)


The word chambering, as used in Romans 13, refers to bed chambering; specifically it warns of adultery and fornication (going from chamber to chamber).   Having that bit of information adds light to another passage—let me set the stage:


In Proverbs 5 we are introduced to the ways of the strange woman.   In chapter 6 she is called “a whorish woman.”   In chapter 7 the warning continues with additional details.  Her chamber is described: “I have decked my bed....I have perfumed my bed...” (Proverbs 7:16, 17).   She, being a married woman (the goodman is not at home), invites, or more accurately lures, the simple man into chambering. 


The interesting part of this, regarding the accuracy and wonder of the King James Bible, is the word choice of Proverbs 7:27: “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”    Later, it’s described as “the depths of hell” (9:18), but here, it’s “the chambers of death.” 


The use of ‘chambers’ reinforces the warning and is consistent with the theme of this chapter—the product, the result of chambering is ... the chambers of death.   We are witness such purposeful and powerful use of words; this Bible has inexhaustible treasures.   

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