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2018 October 7
Proverbs 5

Image 1: Ill-Matched Couple: Peasant and Prostitute (1525-1530)
Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472 - 1553)
German Renaissance Style
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife (1434)
Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 - 1441)
Early Netherlandish Style
National Gallery, London, England, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: The First Painting illustrates a sinful liaison. The Second Painting illustrates marital fidelity and has numerous symbols of a wholesome relationship, as explained in this link. These contrasts are the subject of today's chapter. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Proverbs 5, Solomon advises his son to avoid fornication and to cling to his wife in love.
     Solomon commands his son to be attentive to his wisdom and his understanding that he may have respect to discretion and keep knowledge (1-2).
     The lips of a strange woman are like a honeycomb; and her mouth is smoother than oil. But her end is as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a twoedged sword (3-4).
     Her feet go down to death; and her steps take hold of hell. She stops you from pondering the paths of life because her ways are moveable, and you cannot know them (5-6).
     Solomon then broadens his instruction to include all of his children, instructing them not to depart from the words of his mouth. They should move far away from the adulterous woman and come not near the door of her house (7-8).
     Otherwise strangers will be filled with your wealth, and your labors will be given to the house of a stranger (9-10).
     You will mourn when your flesh and your body are consumed; and you will mourn the fact that you have hated instruction and despised reproof (11-12).
     You will mourn that you did not obey the voice of your teachers, nor incline your ear to them, so that you were almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and the assembly (13-14).
     Instead, drink waters from your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad like rivers of waters in the streets? No! Let them be your own; and do not allow strangers to share them with you (15-17).
     Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. Let her be like the loving deer and the pleasant doe. Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be ravished always with her love (18-19).
     Why would you be ravished with a strange woman and embrace her bosom? For the ways of man are before the LORD; and he ponders his goings. His own iniquities will take hold of the wicked; and the cords of his sins will hold him. He will die without instruction. And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray (20-23).

     [ Sermons: Alistair Begg. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Proverbs 5: Proverbs 6. Proverbs 7. Proverbs 8. Proverbs 9. ]
[1] Proverbs 22:17; James 1:19.
[2] Proverbs 10:21; Proverbs 16:23; Malachi 2:6-7.
[3] Proverbs 2:16; Proverbs 6:24; Proverbs 7:21.
[4] Proverbs 6:24-35; Proverbs 23:27-28; Ecclesiastes 7:26.
[5] Proverbs 2:18-19; Proverbs 7:27.
[6] Proverbs 11:19.
[7] Proverbs 8:32-36.
[8] Proverbs 4:15; Ephesians 5:11.
[9] Nehemiah 13:26.
[10] Hosea 7:9; Proverbs 31:3.
[11] Proverbs 7:23; Deuteronomy 32:29.
[12] Proverbs 13:18.
[13] 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Hebrews 13:7.
[14] Proverbs 13:20; Hosea 4:11-14.
[15] Proverbs 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.
[16] Psalm 127:3; Psalm 128:3.
[17] Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 22:14.
[18] Ecclesiastes 9:9.
[19] Song of Solomon 2:9.
[20] Proverbs 2:16-19.
[21] Proverbs 15:3; Job 31:4; Psalm 139:1-12.
[22] Proverbs 1:18, 31; Proverbs 11:3, 5; Psalm 7:15-16; Psalm 9:15.
[23] Proverbs 14:14, 32.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge& Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Proverbs 5. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Proverbs Detailed Outline

The Proverbs are grouped into two Collections, each having 2 Sections, with various Sub-Sections. (See the Detailed Outline above and below).

1. Collection 1 - Proverbs of Solomon & the Wise (Solomon's Collection)
     (1:1 - 24:34) - 968 - 946 B.C., Israel
     A. Section 1 - Proverbs of Solomon (1:1 - 22:16)
          1). Sub-Section 1 - "The Proverbs of Solomon, Son of David" (1:1 - 9:18)
               a). Purpose: To teach the fear of the LORD, the beginning of wisdom (1:1-7, esp. 7)
               b). Precepts: The seductions of folly verses the attractions of wisdom (1:8 - 9:18)
                    (1). Part 1: (1:8 - 4:27)
                         (a). Folly: Wicked Companions Bring Death (1:8-19)
                         (b). Wisdom: Wisdom Brings Life and reward (1:20 - 4:27)
                    (2). Part 2: (5:1 - 6:19)
                         (a). Folly: Adulterous Women Bring Suffering and Death (5:1-15)
                         (b). Wisdom: Safety from Marital Love + Diligence in Wisdom (5:16 - 6:19)

Proverbs 5

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 My son,
attend unto my wisdom,
and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion,
and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb,
and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a twoedged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life,
her ways are moveable,
that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children,
and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far [Withdraw far your way] from her,
and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others,
and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth;
and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last,
when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction,
and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil
in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern,
and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad,
and rivers of waters in the streets.
17 Let them be only thine own,
and not strangers' with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed:
and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe;
let her breasts satisfy thee [satiate you] at all times;
and be thou ravished always with her love.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman,
and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself,
and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction;
and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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