Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6:6-11
6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard [or, slacker; someone indifferent to a task or project; cf. Prov. 24:30-34; 2 Thess. 3:10]; consider its ways and be wise!

6:7 It has no commander [or no apparent chain of command], no overseer or ruler [ants take initiative],

6:8 [ants demonstrate wisdom of planning ahead] yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest [thus preparing for winter].

6:9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard [lazy compared to the ant]? When will you get up from your sleep?

6:10 A little sleep [the mantra of the lazy: “just five more minutes”], a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—

6:11 [note two consequences of laziness] and [1] poverty will come on you like a bandit [robbing one of the benefits of work] and [2] scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:23-24
6:23 For these commands are a lamp [cf. Ps. 119:105], this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life [sexual activity outside of marriage may lead to premature death because of disease or even murder],

6:24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife [the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible].

Proverbs 6:27-29
6:27 [note two rhetorical questions] [1] Can a man scoop fire [associating with an immoral individual is like playing with fire] into his lap without his clothes being burned?

6:28 [2] Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?

6:29 So [just as fire endangers one physically, adultery endangers one morally and spiritually] is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one [those who participate in sexual sin] who touches her will go unpunished [consider some of the consequences of adultery: destruction of reputation, family life, and career; cf. Ex. 20:14 re: prohibition of adultery].

Proverbs 6:32-35
6:32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment [or, sense]; whoever does so destroys himself.

6:33 Blows and disgrace [possibly as a result of an altercation with an enraged husband (as in 6:34)] are his lot, and his shame [disgrace; shame lasts longer than a beating] will never be wiped away [although sexual sins can be forgiven, the consequences remain (as in the case of King David; cf. 2 Sam. 12:10-12)];

6:34 for jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge [on the one who committed adultery with his wife].

6:35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

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