Proverb 5 – August 5

CC Image courtesy of Rachel on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of Rachel on Flickr.

Proverbs 5
Author: Rob Anderson

“For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil.” (5.3, NIV)

It is actually a messy picture, when you think about it: A woman with honey all over her face. You can just hear her saying, “Come kiss me” and your response is probably: “Not until you clean up all that mess.”

OK, so perhaps the imagery is not exactly the most appealing, but it should be. We too often assume that sin in any form, but certainly adultery, is so blatantly obvious, one would have to be blind or naïve to not see it coming. We “tsk, tsk” those caught up in addiction, thinking: “How in the world did they not know the mess they were getting into?”

In reality, sin is often very enticing. There is something that feels almost “right” about it. How many times have we heard someone involved in an affair discuss how happy they are and how that relationship feels so normal. They probably did not intend to get involved with someone besides their spouse, yet looked up one day and were deeply involved, too deep to turn back now.

The writer of Proverbs 5, in language that may seem unusual to us today, yet is clearly provocative, encourages his son to watch out for those things that seem so “right.” Avoid the relationships that seem normal in this way. Stay away from the situations that seem too good to be true and without any ramifications. Flee from the adulterous woman.

In the end, these relationships lead to death. How appealing is that?

Proverbs 5 – June 5

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Author: James German

If you watch any sort of television these days, it would seem evident that our world glamorizes the concept of adultery and sleeping around.  Staying true to your spouse is “old fashioned” according to the ever growing views of many.

The writer of Proverbs offers great wisdom to all men, young and old: DON’T DO IT!!  He paints a very accurate and truthful picture of what adultery can do to a man.  It will most certainly bring him to ruin.  He even warns that it can cause “strangers to feast on his wealth and your toil to enrich the house of another.”   Possibly a biblical reference to the woes of alimony?

As I read this chapter I can’t help but think of Joseph’s response to the enticement of Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39.12: “She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”

He RAN!  His immediate response was to RUN!!

My take from this chapter: We need to RUN as fast as we can from any hint of immorality and opportunities of adultery.  Let me be clear – I believe this includes viewing pornography.  As Solomon states, it will lead to ruin.  And the icing on the cake comes from verse 21: “For your ways are in full view of the Lord…”

May the Lord bless our current and future marriages.  May He keep us safe from Satan’s clutches.