Proverbs Chapter 5

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Proverbs 5

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

J. The value of wisdom in preserving from adultery (5:1-23)

(The rest of the chapter warns of the consequences of marital infidelity and points to the delights of a faithful marriage in contrast to its pathetic alternative - Ryrie Study Bible)

There is a beauty of the sexual relationship of a man and his wife, and it is God-intended.

However, we remind ourselves that all other sexual activity is wrong and sinful. It does not please God.

We also remind ourselves that God made sex and intends it for a man and his wife. However, all other sexual activity is wrong and sinful. It does not please God.

7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. (Do what I say)

8 Remove thy way far from her (i.e. the strange woman, adulteress, prostitute), and come not nigh (near) the door of her (i.e. the strange woman's, adulteress', prostitute's) house: Avoid her. Stay away from her.

9 Lest thou give thine honour (your youthful vigor) unto others, and thy years (i.e. the strength of your years) unto the cruel: (He will lose the youthful health and energy as the direct result of his adultery.)

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth (i.e. strength); and thy labours be in the house of a stranger (i.e. an alien); (The adulterous man will find himself impoverished as a result of his actions. The adulteress and her circle of friends draw upon his material goods until he comes to ruin.

11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, (perhaps through disease)

Loose living consumes one's strength (perhaps through disease, v. 11), activates one's conscience (vv. 12-13), and brings public disgrace (v. 14) - Ryrie Study Bible.

12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (He is having regrets. His conscience is bothering him.)

14 I was almost in all evil (i.e., at the point of utter ruin) in the midst of the congregation and assembly. - The adulterer nearly lost his life as punishment for his sin. He is publicly humiliated.

15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. (The figurative language here refers to marital relations between a husband and his wife. Stay home, and find sexual satisfaction with your own wife rather than with an adulteress or prostitute.)

(A cistern, well, springs, streams, and fountain control water, keeping it from being dissipated in the streets. Similarly, marital love with one's wife (v. 18) is pictured as enjoying one's cistern or fountain. Sexual desires should be controlled and channeled in one's marriage, not wasted - Bible Knowledge Commentary.)

16 Let thy fountains (i.e. should your fountains) be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

(Verse 16 is better understood as a question: "Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets?" Should you father children with someone to whom you are not married? No! Absolutely not!

17 Let them (i.e. your fountains) be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Sexual desires are to be satisfied exclusively with one's spouse. It continues the metaphor of streams picturing one's sexual desires. As a person would not get water from his neighbor's cistern because he had his own. . ., so a man should have his physical needs met by his own wife, not by someone else's wife.)

18 Let thy fountain be blessed: (It speaks of a physical relationship with his wife.) and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. She will continue to be the wife of your youth until one of you dies.

19 Let her be as the loving hind (i.e. female deer) and pleasant roe (female gazelle); let her breasts satisfy thee at all times Her breasts represent her body. It is an example of a part representing the whole. It means that a man should find sexual satisfaction with his wife and not seek this satisfaction elsewhere); and be thou ravished (i.e. enraptured, captivated) always with her love.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished (i.e. enraptured, captivated) with a strange woman (i.e. a prostitute), and embrace the bosom of a stranger (i.e. a foreign woman or harlot, an adulteress)?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he (i.e. the LORD) pondereth (i.e. watches, examines, observes) all his (i.e. a man's) goings (i.e. habits). The LORD is watching.

22 His own iniquities (i.e. the wicked person's own sins) shall take (i.e. capture, entrap) the wicked himself, and he shall be holden (i.e. held or held fast) with the cords (or ropes) of his sins. I remember one day watching a spider attack another bug. I think it may have been a grasshopper. It very quickly wrapped one strand of its webbing after another around this bug until it could no longer move. One strand wouldn't have held its victim, but after many strands were wrapped around it such that it was completely covered and looked like a cocoon, there was no mistake. Sin does the same thing with its victim. The more he involves himself in sin, especially in moral sin, the harder it will be for him to break out of it. God may still give him victory, but God may also choose not to do so.

II Timothy 2:24-26 is interesting in this regard,

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves (i.e. oppose themselves to him or set themselves in opposition to him); if God peradventure (i.e. perhaps) will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There is no guarantee that God will enable him to repent or recover himself out of the snare of the devil.

23 He shall die without (i.e. for lack of) instruction (The wicked will die for his failure to heed divine instruction - Ryrie Study Bible); and in the greatness (i.e. abundance) of his folly (i.e. foolishness) he shall go astray.