Day 17

Adultery

from the Proverbs reading plan


Proverbs 5:1-23

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

In Exodus 20, God commands us not to commit adultery. But Proverbs adds a layer of complexity to that law by discussing the path that can lead to this particular sin. Often, the act of adultery is a product of walking a long and dangerous road of seduction. This seduction can come through another human being or the unchecked longings and unaddressed pain in our hearts. Keep both of these meanings in mind when reading these proverbs about adultery. 

Reflection Questions:

Why do you suppose this passage is told as a story, instead of a list of reasons why adultery is wrong? 

Describe the temptations you’re facing in this season of your life. 

What does “Keep your way far from her” mean in Proverbs 5:8? Practically, what are some ways you can do this as it relates to the specific temptation you are facing? 

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41 thoughts on "Adultery"

  1. Lakia Gabre says:

    Laura, thank you so much for sharing your testimony! I pray that God continues to bless your marriage tremendously!

  2. Laura Smail says:

    In terms of a practical way to “keep far from sin,” I think this means a willingness for us to give up habits or routines that are convenient for us. In the case of the son in this passage, perhaps he passed by a certain house every day on the way to temple. For him to not be tempted, he would need to alter his route by potentially taking a longer or more difficult way in order to be safe and far from the temptation. What does this look like for us today? Lately, I have found myself breaking the command in Ephesians 4:26 to not let the sun go down on my anger and not give the devil a foothold. The reason I am often angry is because of what I see om social media. It has become abundantly clear that God is asking me to permanently shut down my Instagram account. By removing the source of my provocation, I will be taking away the foothold that Satan currently has in my life. The best and only way to deal with sin is to remove the root source, which inevitably requires some kind of sacrifice on your part. But the end result of a life in step with God far outweighs anything you are asked to give up.

  3. Brittany Reimers says:

    I have many temptations in my life that I am constantly fighting. Finding light in the lord has helped me to begin overcoming these temptations

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  5. Brandy Deruso says:

    Let us not go into temptation but to lean on the lord for he will keep us and he is good!

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