Solomon’s Graphic Similes of Adultery’s Dangers

 

 

     Satan’s propaganda on adultery is that it is glamorous, sophisticated, invigorating.  Since he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44), this contradiction of God’s word should surprise no one.

     In Proverbs 7:22-23, Solomon uses three poignant similes—three comparisons—to forcefully communicate the grave spiritual peril that is adultery.  These are:

  • “as an ox goes to the slaughter”
  • “as a fool (goes) to the correction of the stocks”
  • “as a bird hastens to the snare”

     Death.  Shame.  Imprisonment.

     Solomon ought to know.  His father David committed adultery with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba.  Death, shame, and a prison of lifelong consequences resulted, even though David was forgiven of his guilt.

     “Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths” (Proverbs 7:24-25) comes from an eyewitness to the horrific damage adultery inflicts upon a family.

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