Portraits From Proverbs (13)


Solomon took so much time warning his son about the strange woman because he understood the terrible consequences of giving in to her allure. He had grown up in a family torn apart by just such consequences.

Bible Reading

Pro 5:4-6 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. (5) Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. (6) Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

Pro 5:9-14 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: (10) Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; (11) And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, (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! (14) I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

Pro 5:20-23 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? (21) For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. (22) His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. (23) He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Pro 6:26-28 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. (27) Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? (28) Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

Pro 6:29-35 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. (30) Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; (31) But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. (32) But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. (33) A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. (34) For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. (35) He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

It Cost More Than You Think

The strange woman’s smooth talk makes it sound like she’s a bargain. She seeks you, she takes you back to her place, she even provides the meal, and you’re free to go home first thing in the morning. But the price is much higher than that.

Illicit sexual relationships destroy lives in the here and now, too. Shame, painful sadness, material loss, and physical consequences are some of the painful results of giving in to sexual temptation. On top of all this bitter harvest is the regret that comes from knowing that you had been warned. You don’t get into trouble when you give in to sexual temptation. You get into trouble in the midst of the congregation when you ignore the voice of your teachers warning you about the dangers of sexual immorality. From that moment on, you’re just a disaster waiting for an opportunity.

If you get involved with another man’s wife, you’ll always have to worry about the possibility of being discovered and attacked by a hurting husband. What can you offer him to appease him for your adultery? Nothing you can offer will satisfy his jealous rage.

In the end, these kinds of relationships are bitter and painful. Getting involved with a strange woman will distract you from thinking about what’s important in life. Your choice to give in to the strange woman will enslave you (5:22). Not only that, but God is watching and He will hold you accountable for your choices. Giving in to her seduction can lead you to hell.

Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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