“15 Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you.”
Proverbs 5: Stay faithful and reject immorality.
In chapter five, we have seen two similar views on the issue of adultery; the perils of the immoral woman, and the gradual descent to total ruin in going into her house.
Here is a nicer view for me to write about.
Don’t squander what is yours. Don’t let the water from your fountain to flow wastefully onto the street. Drink from your well and keep it for yourself.
This analogy of water from a man’s well is written to stress a point.
Solomon is saying here to save what is yours and be satisfied with it. Avoid adultery, as it will drain you dry, leaving you parched with no water left for you to drink. Instead be satisfied and delighted in the blessings you have in your wife.
Well, the Bible has been accused of being old fashioned and prudish, but then we come across language like this! Marriage is the only relationship in the Bible where the expression of love for someone else through sexual intercourse is applauded heartily. And that’s because it is so good to keep God’s ideals for marriage. It is so much more worth to share the gift of sex with someone you trust, treasure, and are committed to as a spouse.
Consider your wife far superior to any woman who might want your attention. Solomon says “always be enraptured with her love”. Be caught up with the satisfaction of being with your spouse, and rejoice with her in what you have together. Whatever there is to compare with her isn’t worth it.
This is not a fairytale ideal either. If you desire to marry, wait for your spouse. Stay celibate until you can fulfil your desires within the appropriate, wonderful arrangement that is marriage. And when you are with a wife, stay faithful to her. You would ask the same for her, wouldn’t you? Amen
Pondering: Why aren’t we content to drink from our well? Is it because we don’t trust God to know what is good for us?