Proverbs Five

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

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

a strange woman. The so-called “strange woman” (or “foreign woman”) is mentioned some ten times in Proverbs. The emphasis, however, is not on the fact that she was foreign born, but instead had not been instructed in the laws of God, as had the women of Israel, and so often tended to practice idolatrous promiscuity. She was also called a “foolish woman” (Proverbs 9:13), and is actually personified as “the foolish” or “folly,” in contrast to “wisdom.”

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

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

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

Proverbs 5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

O ye children. It is interesting that Solomon here warned his daughters, as well as his son, against the influence of these pagan women. Solomon's kingdom was extensive and included many pagan tribes with their alien religions and cultures. The men of these tribes had been subjugated and put to labor by the Israelites, so it is not surprising that their women frequently desired to be wives, or even concubines, to Israelite men, and so would make themselves as seductively attractive to them as they could. Such lifestyles might even become a temptation to Israelite girls.

Proverbs 5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

Proverbs 5:9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

Proverbs 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

Proverbs 5:11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

Proverbs 5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Proverbs 5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

Proverbs 5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

wife of thy youth. Whether written by David or Solomon, this chapter gives strong counsel to young men against fornication and adultery, as well as polygamy. Both David and Solomon had many wives, and God used them anyway, but God's intended purpose in creating men and women involved lifelong commitment between one husband and one wife (Matthew 19:3-9). It is significant that the marriages and family lives of both David and Solomon, as well as Rehoboam (Solomon's son) were tragic in many ways, largely because of their ignoring this primeval commandment (Genesis 2:24, 25).

Proverbs 5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

Proverbs 5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

bosom of a stranger. It seems unlikely that Solomon could have written such words to his son if he himself were occupied with the many strange women of his later reign. This fact implies that his “sermons” in Proverbs were written before he acquired all these foreign wives. They were evidently added later for reasons of politics and prestige, but many indications suggest that his only real love was “the wife of his youth” (Proverbs 5:18), and that was Naamah, the mother of Rehoboam (1 Kings 14:21). See Introduction to Song of Solomon.

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

Proverbs 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.