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.