Proverbs 6:31-35
Prov 6:31 (KJB)
But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
Looking at the previous verse concerning the thief. Even though he stole because he was hungry, if he is apprehended then he must restore to the one he stole from sevenfold. In fact, if this person is so poor that he cannot even afford one meal, then the “all substance” of his house may also include the selling of himself into becoming the indentured servant of the one he stole from. This verse teaches that even a person who is destitute will not escape the penalty of the law. A thief who is very poor will have to pay the penalty because in reality, it is their pride which caused them to steal because they will not beg or knock on a friend’s door and ask for help. There is always a way to gain help so that one will not have to resort to crime.
Prov 6:32 (KJB)
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
The root cause of adultery is base lust and it means that a person is not guarding their heart. As we saw in Hebrews 13:4, that God Himself is going to judge adulterers and this means both parties, not just the man or the woman. Here though the warning goes out to the men that those who are adulterers are heading for hell. (Mark 7:21 KJV) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, The fact that they are engaging in adultery in the outward manifestation shows that the heart has not been regenerated. Those who are truly saved will understand that committing adultery will have many consequences but since the unsaved ignore God and His Word, they do not consider their fate until it is too late.
Prov 6:33 (KJB)
A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
Reproach - Disgrace
Once this person is exposed, he may get wounded from the husband of the one he committed adultery with or he may receive some type of punishment from the court. In the time of Solomon, the law was still in effect and it commanded the death penalty. (Lev 20:10 KJV) And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. If his life is spared, he will never escape the dishonor and the disgrace which will follow them for many years to come and will destroy their credibility not allowing anyone to ever trust them again. (Num 32:23 KJV) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Many think they can commit adultery by going to a remote place or on another part of town, but the verse in Numbers 32:23 teaches us plainly that the sin will find them out, that is, they will be exposed and brought out in the open.
Prov 6:34 (KJB)
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Here is a reality and we have all seen scenarios like this. A man whose wife is having an adulterous affair will become jealous to the point of rage building up in him like a volcano before it erupts. When the husband finally catches up with the man who has been adulterous with his wife, he will then vent all that pent up anger and he will not spare him. This is one aspect of the wound spoken of in verse 33. This verse teaches plainly that the consequences of sin will eventually come to everyone who chooses to engage in it. (Gal 6:7 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Whatever a person is sowing, they will eventually reap the consequences of that sin. No one can get away from the penalties of sin.
Prov 6:35 (KJB)
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
This is the route that rich people normally take. They like to buy off the people whom they have offended but there comes a time when money and favors will not suffice for the hurt and sin that was committed against the marriage. This husband may not be content with gifts and bribery, instead he may want the life of the adulterer in fulfillment of the law. When one thinks about it, is it really worth sacrificing one’s life for a few sexual trysts? Today, you may not get avenged by a husband but you may get a sexually transmitted disease which may ultimately take your life. Again, no one escapes the consequences of sin. (Rev 20:12 KJV) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.