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 men’s minds and manners astray; 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 a false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it anyway, 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 stay 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 many 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.
Let’s read the words of Solomon carefully and take them to heart.
Solomon Warns His Children To Shun Evil
So now, children, listen to me; don’t turn away from what I am saying: distance your way from her, stay far from the door of her house; so that you won’t give your vigor to others and your years to someone who is cruel, so strangers won’t be filled with your strength and what you worked for go to a foreign house. (Proverbs 5:7-10 CJB)
As he considers all that is at stake Solomon injects a solemn warning to his children, to listen to him carefully. If you put yourself in the course of temptation by loitering near the door of her house, you will inevitably fall. It is better to break off contact completely.
There is no use asking God for deliverance if we insist on toying with objects or places that are associated with sin.
In some cases, it is necessary actually to flee. Joseph did this, and although he lost his coat, he maintained his purity and gained a crown.
To obey verse 8, “distance your way from her, stay far from the door of her house;” we may have to get a new job, move to a different location, or take some other equally decided step.
Also, those who visit the brothel squander their manly vigor and give the best of their golden years to a cruel temptress. They will lose their strength, a reference to their health, honor, or self-respect.
Also, “respectable” citizens who have secret immoral liaisons – whether literally or through pornography, “x-rated” films, and videotapes – often find themselves the victims of blackmail. If they don’t pay “hush money,” they are threatened with public exposure.
Then, when your flesh and bones have shrunk, at the end of your life, you would moan, “How I hated discipline! (Proverbs 5:11-12a CJB)
The end of such a life is punctuated with a protracted groan, as the body is racked with gonorrhea, syphilis, blindness, locomotors ataxia, AIDS, and emotional disturbances.
You were so eager to placate the desires of your body, and now it has been consumed by your sin. Sexually transmitted diseases have probably hastened its deterioration.
My whole being despised reproof, I ignored what my teachers said, I didn’t listen to my instructors. (Proverbs 5:12b-13 CJB)
As a wasted life winds down, the foolish man will look back with regret and admit his stubborn disregard of the advice that could have saved him from disaster. His conscience condemns him, as he admits that he hated every instance when others tried to correct him. He could have avoided oceans of misery, but he was too pig-headed to be warned.
I took part in almost every kind of evil, and the whole community knew it. (Proverbs 5:14 CJB)
Where does the path of immorality lead? To public disgrace and ruin.
- The devil will see to it that we don’t get through life without the temptation to immorality.
- Physical infidelity always begins with mental cheating. Guard your mind! Don’t feed it things that strengthen attraction; instead, occupy it with thoughts that increase holiness.