Proverbs 5:1 - 23
ESV - 1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding. 2 That you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
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The wife in the home can become unappreciated by her husband over time because of being involved in day-to-day routines and responsibilities, unlike women whom the husband may encounter outside the home. In addition to honoring the marriage vow that he has made to his wife, the husband must make every effort to remember the strength and excitement of their original attraction, and do his part in keeping that "spark" alive by remembering what it was about her that originally attracted him to her, as well as his actions and attitudes toward her during their courtship; and continuing to exhibit those same characteristics toward her. He must also remember that he is seeing the women whom he encounters outside the home at their best, and free from the responsibilities that day-to-day involvement would entail, as well as take into account the immense injury that he would be causing to his family -- as well as potential harm to himself (Proverbs 6:34-35) -- by yielding to temptation.
The wife in the home has dignity, and the husband is to delight in her (Prov. 5:15-20). Stick with her is how the father counsels his son (Pr. 5:15-18). "Don't switch horses in midstream!" The emphasis in this verse (Pr 5:15) is on the private use of water from a cistern. The thought expressed here is “Just as you drink water from your own cistern, so you should have sex only with your own wife.” The UBS Handbook “Cistern,” Wiersbe says is a symbol of Faithful Love here, though elsewhere “cistern” symbolizes Apostasy or Idolatry (Jeremiah 2:13 which says, "for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.") If you stay with her for her lifetime, you will be rewarded (Pr 5:19-20). The reward? Her love will satisfy you. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman and embrace the bosom of a stranger? I did a word study on the word, "satisfy" in Proverbs 5:19 because I grew up in the era of the rock song, "Can't Get No Satisfaction" And this is what I came up with: ◄ 7301. ravah ► Strong's Concordance ravah: to be saturated, drink one's fill Original Word: רָוָה (read Hebrew from right to left). Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: ravah Do you see the word “ravished” in this verse? Proverbs 5:19 “Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” IPhonetic Spelling: (raw-vaw') Definition: to be saturated, drink one's fill Proverbs 5:19 HEB: חֵ֥ן דַּ֭דֶּיהָ יְרַוֻּ֣ךָ בְכָל־ עֵ֑ת NAS: Let her breasts satisfy you at all KJV: let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; INT: graceful her breasts satisfy all times Kretzmann’s Commentary: Let thy fountain be blessed, the children of lawful wedlock being gifts of the Lord, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Cf Deut. 24:5 --["When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken." When I was a single (bachelor) pastor and had many responsibilities, preaching morning and evening on Sundays and teaching the teens in Sunday School, Wednesday night Prayer Meetings, etc., I got married. Then the church relieved me of one of my responsibilities based on this verse in Deut. 24. It was refreshing to have someone else exercise her spiritual gift!] I could enjoy life with the wife whom I loved! (Ecc. 9:9). Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe, or the graceful gazelle, emblems of the graceful, fascinating, lively nature of a young wife; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, her bosom charming her husband, and be thou ravished always with her love, said of the ecstatic joy of the loving husband which meets with the glad approval of God within holy wedlock.
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