Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:3-14
5:3 For the lips of an adulteress [literally the Hebrew means “other woman” or “strange woman”] drip honey [honey is sweet to the taste; honey attracts; sweet and flattering talk], and her speech [uses speech (not just physical attractiveness) as a tool of seduction] is smoother than oil [oil reduces abrasion];

5:4 but in the end [note disastrous consequences of immorality…] she is bitter [not sweet like honey] as gall [or wormwood, a nonpoisonous but bitter plant common in the Middle East], sharp as a double-edged sword.

5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave [Sheol: the place of the dead].

5:6 She gives no thought to the way of life [behavior]; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.

5:7 Now then, my sons, listen [necessary for learning; cf. Prov. 1:5] to me [father concerned about the welfare of his sons]; do not turn aside from what I say.

5:8 Keep to a path far [1 Cor. 6:18a] from her [the immoral woman], do not go near the door of her house [or, do not access her webpage!],

5:9 lest you give your best strength [could refer to sexual vitality] to others and your years to one [perhaps the illicit sexual partner] who is cruel,

5:10 lest strangers [same word translated “adulteress” in verse 3] feast on your wealth [immorality can be an expensive venture and have devastating financial consequences (as in the case of divorce)] and your toil enrich another man’s house.

5:11 [the pursuit of impurity pays painful dividends] At the end [think beyond the immediate pleasures to consider the long-term consequences] of your life you will groan [anguish over a wasted life], when your flesh and body are spent [physical sin has physical results (such as sexually transmitted diseases)].

5:12 You will say [note regret over having rejected wise counsel…], “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!

5:13 I would not obey [heed and obey] my teachers or listen to my instructors.

5:14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin [literally “in all calamity”; financial, emotional, psychological, and legal ruin] in the midst of the whole assembly [may refer to a legal proceeding, public punishment, or to humiliation and loss of reputation].”

Proverbs 5:20-23
5:20 Why be captivated [infatuated (going astray, swerving, reeling as if intoxicated)], my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom [breast] of another man’s wife [compare advise in Prov. 5:15-19]?

5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view [we can never do anything behind God’s back] of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.

5:22 [a reminder that actions have consequences] The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast [cf. Heb. 12:1].

5:23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly [stupidity].

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