Warnings Against Adultery

Proverbs 6

20 s My son, keep your father's command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 t Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 u When you roam, 1 they will lead you;
When you sleep, v they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 w For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 x To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 y Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For z by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
a And 2 an adulteress will b prey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, c he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman d lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For e jealousy is a husband's fury;
Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will 3 accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

  1. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:1
    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:3
    Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:23
    Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:11
    Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 19:8
    The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
    2 Peter 1:19
    And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:16
    To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 5:28
    But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:3
    Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 39:14
    That she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
  10. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:18
    And say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 22:1 - 4
    If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 7:7
    And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding.
  13. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:4
    Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
    Song of Solomon 8:6
    Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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