Proverbs 5:1-5
Prov 5:1 (KJB)
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
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.