Proverbs 5:1

Chapter 5 has two main parts that are related. The first half issues a warning against the seductions of the adulteress. The strange woman, who was introduced earlier (Proverbs 2:16-19), is here characterized. Solomon unmasks her flattering attentions and reveals them for what they are. He warns of the steep price to be paid for going her way.

The second half of the chapter presents the blessings and delights of a faithful marriage. Regardless of what the strange woman has to offer, it cannot compare with the lasting delights to be had in marriage. Happiness in marriage is painted against the misery in the ways of fornication and adultery.

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
– Proverbs 5:1

Verses 1 and 2 start the new exhortation in a similar pattern by urging attentiveness and intelligent listening. The son is required to exercise humility to attend and bow to the wisdom and understanding of the father. Solomon later describes young fools who are devoid of understanding that are taken in the trap. Wisdom is important regardless of age but it is important that a young man begin in the way of wisdom and keep to it.

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