II Samuel 11:2
“One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing — a very beautiful woman.”
One ‘evening’; the ESV translates this as ‘late in the afternoon’. Looks like David was getting up from a nap while others are preparing to close out their day.
He is obviously bored, so he begins to ‘stroll around’.
He chooses to stroll on the ‘roof of the palace’, – likely one of the highest points in all of Jerusalem.
Q? Is this strategic strolling or accidental strolling? Was it strategic or accidental for the young man who lacked judgment in Proverbs 7?
“Crossing the street near her corner, he strolled down the road to her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.”
For the young man: wrong place, wrong time.
– strolled down her road ✅
– at dusk ✅
For King David: wrong place, wrong time.
– strolled on the roof ✅
– at dusk ✅
Note: It was David’s son, Solomon, who wrote about ‘wrong place, wrong time’ in the Book of Wisdom.
Dear God, please give me grace today to stay busy and to do my job, as well as discernment to cautiously avoid the wrong place at the wrong time. In Jesus Name, Amen