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Sweet as Honey, Bitter as Poison – On Proverbs 5:1-6

Proverbs 5: Stay faithful and reject immorality.

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Sin may taste sweet in your mouth, but goes down into your gut like a slicing sword. In this chapter Solomon warns against the peril of giving into the sin of adultery. Like a good teacher he claps for our attention and offers the wise choice before the unwise.

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, 2 that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.”
As we will see, the desire to sin needs to be replaced with a desire for wisdom, purity, and faithfulness. One can’t simply avoid sin; one’s head has to be filled to the brim with good things, otherwise sin will become too tempting. Thoughts on the grandeur of God are a great start.

3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.”
The thirst for something different due to a dissatisfaction of what one has in their wife makes an immoral woman like this so tempting. And for sure she will be sweet but, as Proverbs says, she will also be bitter* and cutting like a sharp sword. She will destroy much of what you treasure. You will no longer desire her, but she won’t let you forget your crime. It is never wise to give into sin, no matter how small it may at first seem. Sin always want more.

5 Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. 6 Lest you ponder her path of life– her ways are unstable; you do not know them.”
Solomon says the immoral ways of this woman are so destructive they lead to death, even hell. However literal we are to take this, it should be a stopper for those desires, and an opportunity to RUN! Flee from sexual sin! You don’t know her unstable ways, so avoid them! This is not a game. It just gets more and more serious the deeper you get into sexual immorality.
Don’t even go there in your thoughts. Repent and turn to God for help. And flee. Amen.

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*Pure wormwood oil is actually very poisonous, and the wine made from the plant is very bitter.

On the immoral woman: The thought arises that there is a lot in Proverbs about the woman who is the perpetrator in sexual wrongdoing, but surely Solomon is making it clear that the man who goes after her is just as guilty. Consider also this, Solomon was a man and this book is from his perspective. If Proverbs had been written by a godly woman, we would expect a different (but equally valid) view of sexual immorality in humans.

Note: Scripture taken from Biblestudytools.com

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