Now that my babies are all feeling better, and I’m not feeling as ragged, I will continue with my study on Proverbs.
Proverbs 5 is a warning against falling into the temptation of adultery. The overriding idea I got from this passage is that this is not a passive problem. You need to be cautious. Be aware of the situations you are opening yourself up to. Protect yourself and your family from temptation.
Proverbs 5:3 (New International Version)
3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;
Be on guard, and vigilant in maintaining your path. Keep your fingers out of the cookie jar! The path into sin is a slippery slope indeed. Keep to your own house and be aware that there are dangers waiting to trip you up.
Skipping ahead you see quite a lot of emphasis placed on this particular issue. I think it is emphasized so much because while for many sins there is a clear and definable decision made. Yes, I am going to steal this item. No, I am not going to shoot my neighbor. But the path to infidelity is rarely that clear-cut. It starts with small “innocent” things and builds on itself.
People don’t like discussing this topic much. Perhaps because if they acknowledged or thought about it, they’d find areas where they failed at this? Or maybe it’s just because it takes an effort. And we like being lazy. Honestly, I read this chapter and almost wanted to skip writing about it. It’s not comfortable. But that doesn’t make it any less real.