Proverbs 5 – New Living Translation (NLT)
Avoid Immoral Women
(** This applies to avoiding Immoral Men also! Ladies, replace all references for women to men…and vice versa)
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2 Then you will show discernment,
and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4 But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.[a]
6 For she cares nothing about the path to life.
She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7 So now, my sons, listen to me.
Never stray from what I am about to say:
8 Stay away from her!
Don’t go near the door of her house!
9 If you do, you will lose your honor
and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth,
and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11 In the end you will groan in anguish
when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
and now I must face public disgrace.”
15 Drink water from your own well—
share your love only with your wife.[b]
16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
having sex with just anyone?[c]
17 You should reserve it for yourselves.
Never share it with strangers.
18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts satisfy you always.
May you always be captivated by her love.
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,
or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21 For the Lord sees clearly what a man does,
examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23 He will die for lack of self-control;
he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
This Scripture applies to both men and women, young or old. It is so important that we ask for Gods wisdom and not our own. Who is wise without God? No one.
My self-will and thinking gets me in trouble every time, but when I let God take my situation AND my emotions into His hands, the storm calms and situations become ‘manageable’. Without God in my life I would still be like a wandering leaf in the wind. Tossed from side to side.
The Lord has, although, given us all self-will and we need to ask God for His help. We need to give our will to Him and welcome His will into our hearts, thinking, and actions.
This very much applies to those who are single as well as those of us who are married. Flirtation and Lingering looks can lead to a deceptive perspective of another that will grow in your heart.
If this may be happening with you, please ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal to you what needs to change. Then be willing to actually MAKE those changes.
Your virtue is very important and you are so very special to God. Don’t discount yourself. You are the son or daughter of the Almighty King! We are all wonderfully and uniquely created. How He loves us!
What speaks to you the most? How can you apply this to your life Today, This Week?
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