A warning against the seductive arts of wicked women, enforced by
considering the advantages of chastity, and the miserable end of the
1. This connection of wisdom and
understanding is frequent (Pr 2:2; 3:7); the first denotes the use of wise
means for wise ends; the other, the exercise of a proper discrimination
in their discovery.
2. regard—or, "observe."
3. (Compare Pr 2:16). Her enticing promises are
4. her end—literally, "her future," in
sense of reward, what follows (compare Ps 37:37; 73:17). Its nature is evinced by the use of
figures, opposite those of Pr 5:3. The
physical and moral suffering of the deluded profligate are notoriously
5. feet … , steps—that is, course
of life ends in death.
6. her ways … know—Some prefer,
"that she may not ponder the path of life," &c.; but perhaps a
better sense is, "her ways are varied, so as to prevent your knowledge
of her true character, and so of true happiness."
8, 9. Avoid the slightest temptation.
9. thine honour—in whatever consisting,
3:13) or wealth.
thy years—by cutting them off in
unto the cruel—for such the sensual
are apt to become.
10. wealth—literally, "strength," or the
result of it.
labours—the fruit of thy painful
exertions (Ps 127:2).
There may be a reference to slavery, a commuted punishment for death
due the adulterer (De 22:22).
11. at the last—the end, or reward
mourn—roar in pain.
flesh and … body—the whole
person under incurable disease.
12-14. The ruined sinner vainly laments his
neglect of warning and his sad fate in being brought to public
14. evil—for affliction, as in Ge 19:20;
15-20. By figures, in which well,
cistern, and fountain [Pr 5:15, 18] represent the wife, and rivers of
waters [Pr 5:16] the
children, men are exhorted to constancy and satisfaction in lawful
conjugal enjoyments. In Pr 5:16,
fountains (in the plural) rather denote the produce or waters of
a spring, literally, "what is from a spring," and corresponds with
"rivers of waters."
17. only thine own—harlots' children
have no known father.
18. wife … youth—married in
19. loving … roe—other figures for
a wife from the well-known beauty of these animals.
breasts—(Compare So 1:13; Eze
that is, fully satisfied.
21. The reason, God's eye is on you,
22, 23. and He will cause sin to bring its
23. without instruction—literally, "in
want of instruction," having refused it (compare Job 13:18;
go astray—literally, "be drunken." The
word "ravished" (Pr 5:19) here
denotes fulness of punishment.