Proverbs 5:20 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
20. Pro 5:20 - "And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?" A. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, i. This is a rhetorical question. a. Having directly commanded his son to stay far away from the strange woman (Pro 5:8), Solomon now appeals to his son's reason by way of a question. b. Asking a question and leaving the hearer to ponder it and come up with the answer on his own can be a powerful way to influence a man to make the right decision. c. Forming the warning as a question allows his son to come up with reasons that it would be foolish for him to get involved with a strange woman. d. When we come to conclusions about dangerous acts ourselves, we are much more likely to avoid them. ii. It is good to be ravished with one's wife (Pro 5:19), but it is evil to be ravished with a strange woman. iii. It is not what is done in the bedroom that is sinful: it is who is doing it which makes it sinful (Heb 13:4). iv. To be ravished is to be "carried away by force" (v. 19). a. The force that carries a man away by the strange woman is lust (2Ti 3:6; Jam 1:14). b. Lust n. - 1. Pleasure, delight. Obs. (last used in 1607) 2. Desire, appetite, relish or inclination for something. 3. spec. in Biblical and Theological use: Sensuous appetite or desire, considered as sinful or leading to sin. Often pl. esp. in the lusts of the flesh, fleshly lusts. 4. Sexual appetite or desire. Chiefly and now exclusively implying intense moral reprobation: Libidinous desire, degrading animal passion. (The chief current use.) c. The strange woman, like false teachers, allure men through lust (2Pe 2:18). d. Allure v. - 1. To attract by the offer of some advantage or pleasure; to tempt by something flattering or acceptable; to entice; to win over. e. A foolish man goes after her voluntarily like an ox goes to the slaughter, not realizing that it will be his demise (Pro 7:22-23). f. Why would a man do that? That is Solomon's question. B. and embrace the bosom of a stranger? i. When God gives a man a wife he should cleave to her and forsake all others (Gen 2:24). a. Cleave v. - 1. To stick fast or adhere, as by a glutinous surface, to (†on, upon, in). 3. In wider sense: To cling or hold fast to; to attach oneself (by grasping, etc.) to (†on, upon, in). (i) To cleave is a synonym of embrace (see definition below). (ii) A man should therefore embrace his wife. b. A man's wife is the wife of his bosom (Deut 13:6), and a woman's husband is the husband of her bosom (Deut 28:56). ii. Embracing the bosom of a woman is a description of sexual intimacy (Gen 16:5; Son 2:6). a. Embrace v. - 1. trans. To clasp in the arms, usually as a sign of fondness or friendship. b. Bosom n. - 1. a. The breast of a human being; also poet. of a bird, etc. b. The enclosure formed by the breast and the arms. in one's bosom: clasped to one's breast. c. wife of one's bosom: orig. a Hebraism adopted in the Bible of 1611; but its Eng. use is influenced by senses 6a and b. (The similar phrase husband of one's bosom, Deut. xxviii. 56, never became current.) Hence, to take to one's bosom: to marry. iii. Why when you have a wife whom God has given you for your enjoyment would you look to another for your sexual fulfillment? a. It is not only a sin against her, but it is also a sin against God. b. It will also bring judgment upon you from God and men (Pro 5:9-11). c. "Let him then scorn the offer of forbidden pleasures when he is always ravished with the love of a faithful virtuous wife; let him consider what an absurdity it will be for him to be ravished with a strange woman (Pro 5:20), to be in love with a filthy harlot, and embrace the bosom of a stranger, which, if he had any sense of honour or virtue, he would loathe the thoughts of. “Why wilt thou be so sottish, such an enemy to thyself, as to prefer puddle-water, and that poisoned too and stolen, before pure living waters out of thy own well?” Note, If the dictates of reason may be heard, the laws of virtue will be obeyed." (Matthew Henry's Commentary, commenting on Pro 5:15-23)
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