Some of The Consequences of Adultery

In Charles Swindoll’sĀ book, The Quest for Character (Multnomah), he refers to “sociologist and historian Carl Zimmerman, in his 1947 book Family and Civilization. He records keen observations as he compared the disintegration of various cultures with the paralle … More


This chapter is filled with strong warning against sexual sin. If any fall prey to a strange woman and her wicked seduction it is not because of lack of warning but because of willful neglect of instruction. Temptation in these matters has always been in the forefront of man’s problems. The life of many a young man has been ruined by a wicked woman. Her approach is flattering and her words are like honey and oil (v. 3). Some of the deadly consequences of adultery are as follows:

  1. Disgrace - (vv. 9, 14)
  2. Poverty - (v. 10)
  3. Disease - (v. 11)
  4. Death and hell - (v. 5)

We are told “stay away from her - come not near her house” (v. 8). It is such a heart ache to hear of young men and some of them not so  young who have fallen because they went “to see what it was like."  Stay away! is the best advice. Dating standards based on Bible principles are so important!


There are certain sins that will mark a man for life. Sex sins certainly fall into this category. It is true that God will forgive but the  scars will remain. That is why it is so important that I like Daniel of old “purpose in my heart not to defile myself.”

Proverbs 5:1-14 (English Standard Version)

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, and you say, "How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation."

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