Proverbs 5: An Outside Relationship

Proverbs 5 sounds a lot like marriage counseling. Solomon is basically warning his son about the dangers of having relationships with women outside of his marriage.

Pro 5:3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

Pro 5:4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

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

Pro 5:6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

I first think that this is applicable to both genders. Solomon was writing to his son, but obviously the intent can apply to both men and women.

Basically, it sounds to me like the old proverb, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Later in the chapter, we hear Solomon advise that his son should enjoy his wife which does imply that his son was already married.

People may think that there are better options out there, and it might sound pretty good. However, and I’m sure that we have all heard that about this happening hundreds of times, these types of affairs only lead to pain.

I’m not married, so I am certainly not an expert on this field, but part of me thinks that it is pretty much common sense. If you are married, that is a serious commitment, and violating that relationship and that trust only leads to a vast amount of pain and suffering for everyone involved.

It might seem like the grass is greener on the other side, but it never really works out that way at least in any experience that I have heard about.


Posted on April 16, 2014, in Proverbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Solomon’s proverbs are subject to different interpretations. For example, you interpreted the proverb of a harlot in relation to a modern day definition of a prostitute. He could also have meant to compare the harlot entreaties as being those of the evil one in the form of a harlot. When death is used in proverbs, it had a different meaning,. For example see my post below in explanation of death in proverb 19:18.


    Regards and good will blogging.

    • Yeah, I figured I would take the most obvious, literal translation to focus on since adultery is a big problem in the world today, but I guess it could generalize to be something much more broad about people in general and a variety of types of evil.

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