Monday, February 4, 2013
Proverbs Chapter 5
Most of the chapters of the book of Proverbs are filled with short, wise sayings that normally only a couple of verses long. Many times there will not be a central theme, just a collection of wise sayings. Chapters four and five, however, have a different format. Both are focused on a central theme from start to finish. Chapter four highlighted the supreme value of attaining wisdom - finding out what God would have you do in everyday situations. Chapter five's focus is on one of those situations: Marriage.
Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
For me, verse fifteen above (from the NIV 1984 translation) sums up the message of the chapter with a catchy metaphor. That message is simple: Remain 100% faithful to your spouse. Great blessings will result from such faithfulness. Anything less will bring big trouble for everyone involved.
God will bless your reading,