Proverbs 5:3-20– For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 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. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
Solomon is giving a stern warning to his son about other women. A ‘strange’ woman is one that is a stranger, another, prostitute, harlot – SOMEONE THAT IS NOT YOUR WIFE! Solomon is warning his son to stay away from such women.
Though the lips of strange women seem like honeycomb (sweet) and has a mouth smoother than oil (soft, comforting words), her end is bitter, sharp as a two-edged sword and her path leads to death and hell. Some married men (even those that are not), look at the strange woman as something to be desired. They look better than your wife; always there to comfort you with soft words; and make you feel young and ‘fancy free.’ But as Solomon says, we do not know her ways as they are moveable and hidden…and unless we ponder the path of life (and our own), we would be subject to follow her down to death and hell.