August 4, 2021

Proverbs 5:4-14

Proverbs 5:4-14

The danger of the immoral woman.

But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death,
Her steps lay hold of hell.
Lest you ponder her path of life-
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.
Therefore hear me now, my children,
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

Honey is sweet, but wormwood is bitter. The sweetness in the allure of the immoral woman becomes bitter, and her smooth, oil-like pleasantness becomes sharp as a two-edged sword.from the words of my mouth. The path of the immoral woman leads to death. She promises to add life but ends up taking it away. The wise man will ponder her path of life. Her ways are unstable: The decision to entice someone else into immorality is not a decision made by a stable person who desires the best for either self or the one enticed. Those led into immorality often feel they know the motives of their partner in sin, but Solomon rightly observed you do not know them. We sense the serious nature of Solomon's appeal. Perhaps he understood how adultery brought disaster to his father, King David (2 Solomon 11).

Remove your way far from her,
And do not go near the door of her house,
Lest you give your honor to others,
And your years to the cruel one;
Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
And you mourn at last,
When your flesh and your body are consumed,
And say:
"How I have hated instruction,
And my heart despised correction!
I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
I was on the verge of total ruin,
In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

Solomon didn't advise his son to stay in the immoral woman's presence and test his ability to resist her seductions. The best defense was distance; to not even go near the door of her house.

The Apostle Paul would write much later: Flee also youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). The longer one stays in the presence of such enticement to evil, the worse the danger becomes. We must remove our way far from her not only in presence, but also in heart and mind. We must put away the pornography and enticements common to our day and work for a mind set on things above (Colossians 3:1-2, Philippians 4:8).

Solomon will describe many things that are lost through sexual immorality, and he began with honor. There is a valid sense of honor that the one who stays pure can have. Adultery and sexual immorality ruin lives. God's command that our sexual relationships remain only in the covenant of marriage was not given to take away from our life and enjoyment, but to add to it. Sexual immorality leads to disease and breakdown of health. Even the stress of living a double, deceptive life is enough to take away one's health.

One great price of sexual immorality is regret. When we see how empty the promises of sin are and how great the price for those sins is, deep sorrow and regret is a logical response. Many men and women, fallen into the snare of sexual immorality, have wondered: "How did I ever end up here? How could I be so foolish? How could I give up so much for what amounted to so little?" What the adulterer thought would remain secret was exposed. He entered his sin thinking, no one will ever find out. When it was exposed in the midst of the assembly his foolishness, betrayal, and lack of self-control were all public.