Proverbs 5:1 “My son…”
Another addressed to a child.
3 “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey…”
Entire chapter is devoted to listening to instruction so you can avoid adultery.
4 “But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.”
There’s always a price to pay at the end. What starts as something that seems great will eventually turn bad because it actually is bad from the beginning. If sin weren’t attractive, it wouldn’t catch anyone in its trap.
10-11 “…aliens be filled with your wealth…labors go to the house of a foreigner…flesh and your body are consumed…”
Cost of committing adultery can be more than the shame involved. Costs could be financial or physical if the affected spouse chose to demand some form of payment or take revenge. There was also the possibility of contracting disease. A person known for adultery could have had multiple partners.
14 “I was on the verge of total ruin…”
Only at the end does reality set in and someone realizes what they’ve done. God can forgive when there is repentance, but some consequences will remain. If nothing else, there is the sadness and regret for what happened. Some things cannot be undone.
15 “Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.”
Be content and satisfied with what is yours. Marriage isn’t something that happens, it can be built and become better and stronger if it is tended properly. You get more out as you put more in.
19 “As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times…”
The sensual and erotic symbolism of Hebrew thought is beautiful to behold. God made our physical bodies to be pleasing to our spouses. He created them for our mutual pleasure. When a husband and wife see themselves as belonging to the other, and they have the attitude and desire of giving rather than selfish getting, they will have their own needs met while meeting those of their spouse.
22 “His own iniquities entrap the wicked man…”
Punishment isn’t needed. The wicked create their own problems. It’s not a karma deal, but a natural response and consequence of sin.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.