How Stupid The Adulterous Man
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
and his shame will never be wiped away.
An adulterous man is stupid
and will be humiliated for life.
Starving Thief Will Face Sentencing
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
Sympathy for a starving thief is understandable,
but he must face sentencing all the same.
Adultery Assures Punishment
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
New International Version (NIV)
Committing adultery is like
scooping fire into your lap
or walking on hot coals.
You will get badly burned.
Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
The prostitute captures your eyes and your heart.
While she is affordable, she endangers your life.
Parental Teachings Prevent Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
Your father’s command and your mother’s teaching
will keep you from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.