A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Because the Book of Proverbs teaches so much on “Marriage”, I am reminded of the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”. I’ve never read the book, although it might be helpful; but as a woman I think I know what we want from our husbands and that is “LOYALTY”. And one Sunday our Pastor told us that a survey was given to men, asking what they wanted most, love or respect and the majority said “RESPECT”. According to Webster, Loyalty is “Faithful to a Person” and Respect is “to Esteem or to be Looked Upon Highly”.
“Warning Against Adultery II” Proverbs 6:20) My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. 21) Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 22) When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. Psalm 19:8. 24) To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25) Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Matthew 5:28. 26) For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Ezekiel 13:18. 27) Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28) Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 29) So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. 30) Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31) But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 32) But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul (heart). 33) A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34) For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35) He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v20-35, The Word of God has something to say to us upon all occasions. Let not fruitful reproofs ever make us uneasy. When we consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery is in its own nature, of what evil consequences it is, and how certainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shall not wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated. Let us remember Him who willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers and enemies. And shall Christians who have such prospects, motives and examples, be so slothful (*or sinful) and careless? Shall we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what He will graciously reward? May we closely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds or affections.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v25-35, steals to satisfy: This passage does not condone theft. It contrasts theft, which can be an understandable course of action, with adultery, which never makes sense. Throwing away one’s commitment to one’s lifelong companion is pure folly. For the ancient Israelites, marital fidelity was a mark of one’s fidelity to God.
*) This person’s opinion.
More to come and God Bless You.