Proverbs 5: Warnings
Comments: Yet again Solomon appeals to his son[s] to
listen and learn [v.1,2]. His focus is a second warning [see also
2:16-19] against the promiscuous woman who could lead him astray
[v.3-8] and who could cause him irreparable harm [v.9-14]. To
contrast that, he calls for contentment and faithfulness to the
wife at home [v.15-19] and makes a final plea to stay away from
such a woman [v.20-23]. In he light of the promiscuous behaviour
taken as normal in the twenty-first century in the West, this
may seem somewhat dated, yet the warnings are exactly the same
today as were then. as many have learned to their cost. The hint
at negativity in old-age is especially true.]
1: v.1,2: The call to listen & learn
Again Solomon's call to his son to listen and take in
son, pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my words of insight,
you may maintain discretion
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
2: v.3-8: Beware the Promiscuous Woman
His particular concern is the promiscuous woman
the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;
in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.
feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.
gives no thought to the way of life;
her paths wander aimlessly, but she does
not know it.
He makes a wider appeal to his sons
then, my sons, listen to me;
do not turn aside from what I say.
to a path far from her,
do not go near the door of her house,
3: v.9-14: The harm that could follow
He warns of possible outcomes
you lose your honour to others
and your dignity to
one who is cruel,
strangers feast on your wealth
and your toil enrich the house of another.
He warns about what they could feel in old age
the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
will say, ‘How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
I was soon in serious trouble
in the assembly of God's people.'
4: v.15-19: A call to contentment at home
Be content with blessings found in your own home
water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
Be content with, and remain loyal to, the love of your wife
your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your
loving doe, a graceful deer –
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
5: v.20-23: A final call to stay away from her
Stay away from such a woman for God is watching you
my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
Lack of self-control in the wicked will destroy them
evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.
to Proverbs 6