- Proverbs 5:1-5
- Prov 5:1 (KJB)
- My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my
- Here Solomon once again admonishes his son to pay attention to the
wisdom that he is imparting to him and to bow his ear to his understanding.
To bow his ear means to incline his ear to the understanding. It is one
thing to hear someone speak and then think that what they say does not apply
to us but when we bow our ears, we are in essence saying, that what that
person has to say is extremely important and applies to my life. By bowing
the ear, you are showing deference to that person by desiring to hear and
apply what they say. This is what the Christian must do when reading and
studying the Scriptures, we show respect to them and to God the author by
taking what we read and applying it to our lives first, before we teach
others. It is a humbling before the Word in contrast to a mindset of
listening to the Word and not paying attention to it.
- Prov 5:2 (KJB)
- That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy
lips may keep knowledge.
- Regard - Observe
- Discretion - Thoughts or plans
- Keep - Preserve
- Here is the outcome of the admonition of verse 1. If we seek to
understand the words and ways of wisdom, it will lead us to observe our
thoughts and plans. This is not just a casual observance but it is a deeper,
serious look at what our thoughts and plans are, if they line up with the
wisdom and word of God. It is important that we observe our plans to see if
we are walking on the straight and narrow. If we are, then the speech which
comes from our mouth will preserve that knowledge and disseminate it to
others in the same form of wisdom that we received it. This is how we train
the next generation of believers, by imparting to them the wisdom of God’s
word and they in turn will do the same thing. Our lips will pour forth
whatever is in our hearts.
- Prov 5:3 (KJB)
- For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her
mouth is smoother than oil:
- Here Solomon speaks to his son of the ways of a strange woman, one that
is not his wife. The honeycomb speaks of the sweetness which is portrayed as
true love and the things she may tell him may also be smoother than oil. It
is interesting that the Bible uses the term “smoother than oil” since oil is
a very smooth liquid which reduces friction. This is why we get oil changes
in our car because fresh oil prolongs the life of the engine. When the
strange women flatters with her tongue, she is constantly pouring oil over
the naïve person to get them to think they are in a setting of true love but
all the while it is a pit of corruption leading to hell. False Gospels are
the same way, they continually sound good and sweet smelling like a
honeycomb and the words are like oil which continually makes the victim feel
like they are getting the true Gospel but they are really being snared into
a false gospel which has the same effect as committing adultery, they will
both lead to Hell. Beware when you are flattered for it can be the beginning
of your entrapment and downfall.
- Prov 5:4 (KJB)
- But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
- Here is the reality of the end of being in a relationship like that. The
end is as bitter as wormwood and it cuts like a two-edged sword. The
wormwood is in contrast to the honeycomb which made the relationship sound
sweet. A two edged sword is doubly sharp and will kill.
(Heb 4:12 KJV) For the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The word of God is portrayed as a twoedged sword which
has the ability to pierce even between soul and spirit, two things which
cannot be seen by humans. That same sword will bring a person down after
they have been burned by an adulterous relationship. Television portrays
adultery without any consequences but the reality is that a person who is an
adulterer faces great condemnation for their lifestyle. Bitterness and death
are the two great outcomes of adultery.
- Prov 5:5 (KJB)
- Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
- The adulterer faces an end of misery and death because of holding on to
an adulterous relationship. As we stated before this scenario parallels
those of a false gospel which also lead to misery and hell. All you need do
is ask someone who has been saved out of a false gospel and they will
testify to the fact that they were in total darkness and heading for hell.
Solomon admonishes his son never to engage in an adulterous relationship
because it may start out as sweet as a honeycomb but the end of it is death.
This also goes for spiritual adultery when we are engaged in a false gospel.
Solomon allowed himself to be carried away by all his wives to the point
that he was building temples to the false gods they worshipped. Physical
adultery and spiritual adultery carry the same consequences, they take us
away from the path of wisdom of God.