Proverbs 5

Week 5 – Proverbs 5

We have learned so much already, and we are only at chapter 5.  There is so much more to learn.  So let us continue.

Proverbs 5:1-23

  1. My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
  2. that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
  3. For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
  4. but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
  5. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
  6. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
  7. Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
  8. Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
  9. lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,
  10. lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.
  11. At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
  12. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
  13. I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.
  14. And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.”
  15. Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
  16. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
  17. Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
  18. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
  19. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
  20. Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
  21. For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths.
  22. The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.
  23. For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.

Section 1 – Stay Away from Bad Women (verse 3 – 14)

As you can see I skipped directly to verse 3 for this section, because verse 1 and 2 forms part of the common theme I have mentioned so far every day. I bet you realised it too when you have read it.

In verse 3 to 14 the author warns his son to stay away from a certain woman. In fact, he makes it very clear in verse 8: “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.”

There are two ways you can look at this section:

  • If you have a son, you can show them what type of women to stay away from.
  • If you have a daughter, you can show them what type of woman not to be.

One can argue that these verses are of a mature nature. A topic more aimed at adults. Yet, in verse 1 and 2 we read that the author is actually talking to his son. So clearly he believes this is important to share with kids from a young age.

Even if you don’t agree to talk about this topic to your son; on a scale from 1 to 10, how important do you think it is for your son to know what women to stay away from one day? How important is it for your daughter to know what type of woman to be?

Clearly the author understood the importance of this topic.

Section 2 – Be Loyal to your Wife (verse 15 – 20)

All the wives are sharing this chapter to their husbands today. LOL (just kidding). But again, as in the previous section, this is more aimed for “grownups”. What does your son know about a woman’s breasts satisfying him always? (verse 19). How do you share this with your son?

I just find it fascinating that the author thought it was important enough to talk to his son about it. Was it so that his son can understand the concept of marriage better? Was it so his son understands his role as a husband one day? I guess we won’t know. But what we do know is that it was important enough to talk to his son about it.

I am not here to tell you as parents to talk to your kids about this today. But I do want you to realise the importance of having this talk with your kids. Discuss with your spouse when you feel will be the right time to have the talk with your kids. Maybe when your kids are at the stage when they start dating. Maybe younger; maybe when they start “noticing” the opposite sex.

Use your own discretion.

Section 3 – Misery for the wicked (verse 21 – 23)

In every chapter that we have read so far, we see that there are consequences for our actions. Good or bad. We see in verse 21 that God knows everything we do, and examines our path. In the previous chapter we read in Proverbs 4:14-15 to stay away from the wicked.

“Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”

If you go back to chapter 2, you will see that God rewards the righteous (Proverbs 2:6-9).

I want to end off today with the following:

  • It is good to be righteous
  • It is good to stay away from evildoers
  • It is good for your kids to be able to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong.

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