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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 5

xhortations to wisdom. The evils of licentiousness. (1-14) Remedies against licentiousness, The miserable end of the wicked. (15-23)

Verses 1-14: Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, to abstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation we mock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How many mischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastes time; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it will fill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproaches himself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent acts of sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By a miracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadful consequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more die as they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruined sinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of his conscience!

Verses 15-23: Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God's word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. Ever remember, that though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow-creatures, yet a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, who not only sees, but ponders all his goings. Those who are so foolish as to choose the way of sin, are justly left of God to themselves, to go on in the way to destruction.

David Burnette's Life Application

Wisdom's Warning on Sexual Sins

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 5. In our text today we see a warning about sexual sin. In making application we see that God has a plan for every aspect of our lives. When we deviated from that plan miss God's best for our lives. Today we see homosexually, fornication, and other sexual sins produce many who are suffering the consequences of disobedience. This is not God's plan and if we follow His plan and Wisdom we will experience His best. How about you? Do you follow God's plan for relationships? Let us learn from our text today to follow God's plan for sex and avoid the problems that arrive from sexual sin.


Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5

 1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

 2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

 3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

 4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

 5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

 6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

 7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

 8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

 9Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

 10Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

 11And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

 12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

 13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

 14I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

 15Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

 16Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

 17Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

 18Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

 19Let 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.

 20And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

 21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

 22His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

 23He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.