- Proverbs 5:16-23
- Prov 5:16 (KJB)
- Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in
- This verse could possible be speaking of having children within the
confines of oneís own marriage and avoiding the strange woman. When there
are children raised in a home which is replete with the wisdom of God, those
offspring will take what they have learned and not only utilize it in their
own lives but they will be in a position to bring this wisdom to others,
especially in training the next generation.
(John 7:38 KJV) He that believeth on me, as the
scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Those true Christian families which rear up their
children in the fear and nurture of the Lord will become blessings to those
who befriend them and their influence will touch even beyond their own
personal friendships as their wisdom is imparted to others, they, in turn,
impart it to others as a good ripple effect. This also applies to sending
forth the Gospel because those who have grown up with the true Gospel, will
also send forth the rivers of living water as the Lord stated in John 7:38.
- Prov 5:17 (KJB)
- Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
- This speaks to the fact that the father of these wise children must be
those of he and his wife. If these children were the children of his
adultery, then he will not really know if the children are his or someone
elseís. This will cause those children to be strangers to him and would not
hold the same place in his heart as if he was certain those children were
his. This is another bad fruit of having an adulterous affair with a strange
woman, because if she conceives, then those children will feel out of place
and will sense they are not as loved or welcomed as those who came from the
manís legitimate wife. This is another consequence of adultery. The idea
that secret sexual sins hurt no one else is a total lie because there is
always someone else who gets hurt by the actions of adultery or any sin.
- Prov 5:18 (KJB)
- Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
- Here is great counsel that we are to rejoice with the woman we married
as a youth and all the children she brings forth are to be loved and blessed
with the love of a good family situation. Adultery will wreck a family, even
if one person does not know about it yet. There are always tell tale signs
that someone is having an adulterous affair. When we stay loyal to our
mates, we are building the strength of the family and placing God in a
position where He can bless that family with wisdom. God cannot bless any
type of sin, instead He has to judge that sin, even in His own children. He
knows how destructive it can be and He judges it for our own benefit and
also if we are Christians, it causes His name to be blasphemed among the
- Prov 5:19 (KJB)
- Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts
satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
- (Song 4:5 KJV) Thy two breasts are
like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
This Proverbs verse echoes the Song of Solomon concerning
the love of a husband for his wife. Within a marriage, the love grows
between husband and wife and the man is to find satisfaction with his wife.
When he becomes satisfied with his wife, he will not look to find another
and on the other hand, when a wife is satisfied with her husband, then she
will not look for another. The counsel here, is to grow together physically
and spiritually, when you have this combination, the marriage gets stronger
with time and the bonds become greater. The breasts represent nourishment
for a baby but here it also represents the wife being the one who nourishes
her husband with love and does not give him cause to seek an adulterous
- Prov 5:20 (KJB)
- And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace
the bosom of a stranger?
- Here Solomon asks the question that, based on the previous verse, that
if the wifeís love is ravishing him, why then would he want to take that
relationship and adulterate it with a strange woman? The fact is that a
husband and wife grow together intimately and know what each other likes as
time goes on. Why then would someone want to commit adultery with someone
who knows nothing about you, plus you really know nothing about them and you
could bring home a deadly sexual disease to your wife. If a strange woman is
committing adultery with you, she no doubt is committing it with others too,
and she is not going to tell you. Getting gifts from multiple people is
better than getting gifts from just one person. There is always a greed
factor involved with adulterous relationships.
- Prov 5:21 (KJB)
- For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he
pondereth all his goings.
- Pondereth - Weighs
- (Heb 4:13 KJV) Neither is there any
creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked
and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
There is no one on earth, whether saved or unsaved, whose
actions are not open before the Lord. God sees through the darkness and will
bring all actions into judgment. Those in Christ have had their sins
forgiven and removed but even when a Christian sins, there are physical
ramifications. He could lose his testimony or wind up with a deadly disease.
The unsaved will wind up in Hell, a Christless eternity. The Lord weighs all
the motives and when one thinks that an adulterous affair is good for them,
they will find out that they are stepping into the hands of Godís judgment.
(Heb 13:4 KJV) Marriage is
honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers
God will judge. God Himself is going to judge
those who commit adultery and fornication because He has set a perimeter
around marriage, especially since marriage represents the relationship
between Christ and the church.
- Prov 5:22 (KJB)
- His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden
with the cords of his sins.
- This verse teaches that sin binds a person and makes them prisoners of
their own sins. Some may believe that a free thinking society is freedom but
it is really making prisoners of people and they can never escape those sins
unless God saves them. The unbeliever has no one to blame for the situation
they are in since they are doing the sins themselves. Many would like to
transfer the blame to others but the reality is that on Judgment Day, every
unbeliever is going to give an account to God.
(Rom 14:10 KJV) But why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand
before the judgment seat of Christ. No one shall
escape the penalty for their own sins. Unbelievers will not be judged for
the sins of others but for theirs alone.
- Prov 5:23 (KJB)
- He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he
shall go astray.
- The unbeliever here is not dying without being instructed but he is
dying for the simple fact that he has rejected the counsel that he was being
given concerning adultery. He goes so far astray that the teachings of
Scripture are no longer of any interest to him and he just rejects or avoids
the Scriptures with their admonishments. Those admonishments are there for
our benefit and not for our destruction. To reject them is destruction. Too
many think they know what is good for them and too many have ruined good
marriages by obeying their flesh instead of turning to the counsel of
Scripture and reading the consequences of their actions.