Warning Against Adultery
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it. Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.” Vs 1-14
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman? For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths. The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Vs 15-23
So far, in chapters 1 thru 5, ‘pay attention’ has been used 4 times and ‘listen’ 7 times. I’m getting the sense that it’s extremely important we listen for and make careful note of the wisdom God has for us.
The topic of adultery can bring up many feelings. Feelings of disgust, shame, anger or sadness. Whether you’ve been affected by adultery or not, you have an opinion about it and it stirs up many emotions. Speaking from experience, I found the best thing to do, when affected by adultery, is prayer. Surrender your feelings and emotions to God. I believe He will help you work through them so your marriage can be mended.
Again we are told the importance of discretion. This time because the temptations of an adulteress/adulterer seem sweet and smooth. After joining the path of an adulteress/adulterer, we will find it to be bitter and sharp. It will cause us to lose our honor and dignity. Most importantly, we will lose the trust of our spouse. This is a trust that will take time and patience to regain.
This next section, verses 15-17, took me awhile to understand. I had to read it a few times and let it sink in. (My elevator doesn’t always go quite as fast as others) This chapter went from a warning against giving in to the temptation of an adulteress/adulterer to drinking from your own well, not sharing it with others. What?!
When we get married we become one with our spouse. We are not to share our bodies with another. Our body is for our spouse and no other. We should be thankful for the spouse God has given to us. When we show thanks to God and our spouse, God will bless our marriage by allowing us to feel intoxicated and satisfied through the love of our spouse.
This chapter ends with another warning. God sees the sins of all. Choosing sin, adultery, and not turning from it, will cause us to stumble down a wicked path that will ultimately lead to death.
My Prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the warning to stay clear of the adulteress/adulterer’s path. I pray we would love our spouses the way we were created to, Amen