The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 5

Read the warning in Proverbs 5. (Click on the link to read today’s verses.)

The Hebrew word translated “proverb” is also translated “message” (Nu 23:718), “taunt” (Isa 14:4) and “parable” (Eze 17:2), so its meaning is considerably broader than the English term. Most proverbs are short, compact statements that express truths about human behavior. Often there is repetition of a word or sound that aids memorization. –NIV Study Bible Notes

As we read through Proverbs we must take time to look at each from a literal angle as well as what it says about general human behavior. Proverbs 5 gives us a clear opportunity of how God’s Word still applies to us and our lives whether we are literally committing adultery or not.

Adultery seems to be the focus of this chapter in Proverbs. The consequences of committing adultery, and by the end the instruction is somewhat graphic and very clear.

Let your fountain be blessed,
    and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated always in her love.
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?

Proverbs 5:18-20

We might be tempted to look at this proverb and decide it doesn’t really apply to us. After all we are a faithful spouse. But when we look past the literal meaning of the words, we see a bigger picture.

My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
    incline your ear to my understanding,  that you may keep discretion,
    and your lips may guard knowledge.
For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
    and her speech is smoother than oil…

Proverbs 5:1-3

We are all sons/daughters of the Most High and His Word warns us. Those things we idolize, put in a place of worship, spend too much time doing… this might just be a “forbidden woman” luring us away and keeping us from making an even deeper commitment to the Holy One.

Keep your way far from her,
    and do not go near the door of her house,
 lest you give your honor to others…

Proverbs 5:8-9

Wise counsel is given. Stay far, far away. Don’t go near, because if you don’t go near the door you’ll never get into adultery’s house. The end result of adultery, choosing something other than God, is to give your honor to that something or someone. Ugh! No thank you!

You know how I feel about it. What about you? Are you repulsed by the idea of something or someone getting the honor that belongs to God?

Lord Jesus, as we read through Proverbs, convict me when my heart wanders. I don’t want to give honor to any but You. 

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