Proverbs 6 – Hot pants?

23 For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
    from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
    or let her captivate you with her eyes.

26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
    but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
    without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
    without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
    no one who touches her will go unpunished.

Proverbs 6:23-29 NIV

He starts in verse 23 telling him about the wisdom he’s about to impart on his son.

Kind of carrying on with the “romantic” relations advice, this section from chapter 6 gives very colorful analogies for adultery.

What you are doing is so damaging to yourself, it’s as if you scooped fire on your lap! (It will leave a mark! On your pants and probably your body.)

What about walking on hot coals? Some people really do this as an act of discipline. Solomon still says, No matter how cool you are, well trained in walking on coals, your feet will still get scorched.

In the case of adultery, it doesn’t matter how sneaky you are, how well planned or intelligent you are. The truth will come to light. Lies will be discovered.

In the end, he gives us a very practical message:

Nothing good comes from desiring another person’s spouse. Nothing good comes from seducing someone into adultery with you.

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