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Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5

New King James Version (NKJV)


The Peril of Adultery

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;

Lend your ear to my understanding,

2 That you may preserve discretion,

And your lips may keep knowledge.

3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,

And her mouth is smoother than oil;

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

Sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death,

Her steps lay hold of hell.

6 Lest you ponder her path of life—

Her ways are unstable;

You do not know them.

7 Therefore hear me now, my children,

And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove your way far from her,

And do not go near the door of her house,

9 Lest you give your honor to others,

And your years to the cruel one;

10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,

And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;

11 And you mourn at last,

When your flesh and your body are consumed,

12 And say:

“ How I have hated instruction,

And my heart despised correction!

13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,

Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!

14 I was on the verge of total ruin,

In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern,

And running water from your own well.

16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,

Streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be only your own,

And not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed,

And rejoice with the wife of your youth.

19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;

And always be enraptured with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,

And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,

And He ponders all his paths.

22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,

And he is caught in the cords of his sin.

23 He shall die for lack of instruction,

And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

My Thoughts:

  1. So let’s start with (v. 4) we read “But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword”
    1. Wormwood is a plant that produces a bitter-tasting juice; it is considered as opposite of justice and righteousness (Deut. 29:18; Jer. 9:15; 23:15Amos 5:7; 6:12;).
    2. “But in the end she is bitter” so many times we think what we are doing is the right thing or at least no one will get hurt. But the truth is after time the bitterness of the act sets in and the only thing left is the remorse. Then the only thing left is the guilt of the sin and you.
  2. In (v. 13) we read “I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!”
    1. How many times have you said to yourself; if I had only lessoned to my Father, or that teacher? I know in my life I have been there, and even today at times I think I know better than my father but the truth is if I had just lessoned to his words of wisdom I would have avoid some much pain.
    2. I see our relationship with Christ like that also, His is always there with you whispering and telling you what the right path is and like our relationship with our parents we tend to think we know better, when the truth is all we really needed was to stop and lesson to His words and it would have saved us so much pain.
  3. And we will finish today with (v.18) “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth”
    1. The joining of a man and a woman is the greatest thing we can do, but in our world today if the marriage does not go well we toss it aside and start looking for a better one.
    2. When given our full attain and devotion, our marriage will not only last but continue to grow and expand. The spouse of our youth is not the one that we should be looking for but we should be seeing the spouse on today and showing them how much we truly love and honor then every day of their lives.

Thought of the Day

“The level path of life”

IT is a remarkable expression, “the level path of life”; and there is great comfort in knowing that God is ever before us, leveling our pathway, taking insurmountable obstacles out of the way, so that our feet do not stumble.

It may be that you are facing a great mountain range of difficulty. Before you, obstacles, apparently insuperable, rear themselves like a giant wall to heaven. When you cross the Jordan there is always a Jericho which appears to bar all further advance, and you heart fails. But you are bidden to believe that there is a lever path right through those mighty barriers; a pass, at it is called, in mountainous districts. The walking there is easy and pleasant if only you will let yourself be led to it. How we dread the thought of those steep cliffs! It seems as though we could never climb them; but if we would only look at the Lord instead of at the hills, if we would look above the hills to Jehovah, we should be able to rest in sure faith that He will show us the level path of life.

Your path is not level, but full of boulders which have rolled down upon and choked it. But may this not be partly due to your mistakes or sins–to your willfulness and self-dependence? There are sorrows and trials in all lives; but these need not obstruct our progress. The text surely refers to those difficulties which threaten us with their arrest, putting barriers in our way. When Peter reached the Iron Gate he found it open; when the women reached the sepulcher door they found the stone gone. What an awful indictment against the child of sensual pleasure, “She findeth not the level path of life!”

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do you think (v. 20) are saying?
  2. What other things do you see in the text?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Continue to have a prayer list and continue to praying for them.
  3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
    1. For God to give us the wisdom to see what we have in our lives.
    2. For God to give us the understanding that what we have is better than anything we could dream of.
    3. For the individuals on your pray list.
  4. Let’s use (John. 10:23-27) for today’s prayer verse.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Proverbs 5

  1. Rosi
    September 26, 2011

    Yesterday, my sons went to the park to hang out with friends. They came home a lot earlier than I thought and I soon found out why. This girl that I had thought so cute and so nice started asking them questions like do ya’ll drink, do ya’ll smoke etc. Soon she was asking them questions about sex and deviant sex acts. Now I know boys will be boys but I was so proud of mine. They got up and came home. They then told me the whole conversation. How many 18 year olds would do that. Anyway these verses reminded me of what happened yesterday. I try to “instruct ” them in God’s way. I know as boys, there will come a time when it won’t be so easy or they wan’t feel so free to come to me. That is when I hope they will remember their”instructions”. I Used verse 18 and told them that sex was meant for marriage. Verse 20 tells us to be faithful to our spouse. Don’t look at others with lust, don’t give in to temptation. God gave us a wonderful in marriage. So many times it doesn’t work because we didn’t wait for the one God had in mind for us. I have been told and have seen some marriages that are Blessed by God. How wonderful. How sad when we feel we “need” something or someone else to make us happy, rather than our spouse.

    • bobh6
      September 26, 2011

      This was a very good illustration of what we are studying.

  2. Amalia
    September 26, 2011

    Drink from your own cistern, rejoice with the wife of your youth…be content. The grass may seem greener on the other side….but it usually is greener over the cesspool. Human nature seems never satisified. People with curly hair wish they had straight and vise versa. There are real dangers there. Thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not commit adultery, and thou shalt not steal all are connected to the same principle….be content with what YOU have. It’s never worth it. The cost is too great; your peace, your health, your wealth, your life, and your salvation; all connected.

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