Encouragement to Moral Purity

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The Lord has made  provision for man’s happiness, not through immoral entanglements but through the blessings of married life. Marital love with one’s wife is pictured as enjoying one’s cistern or fountain. As a person would not get water from his neighbor’s cistern because he had his own (II Kings 18:31), so a man should have his physical needs met by his own wife, not someone else’s. In verse 20 the question is asked - “And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?"  In other words- Why would anyone want to drink from a water supply that is known to be poisoned?

The consequences of adultery  should be enough to motivate a person to avoid it (vv. 7-14). However we now find four additional reasons:

  1. Adultery committed in secret is known by the Lord (v. 21).
  2. God not only sees but examines mans’ conduct (v. 21).
  3. Sin ties a person like ropes (v. 22).
  4. Being undisciplined in one’s moral life leads to death (v. 23).


I must constantly remind myself of how wonderful the marriage relationship is as God ordained it  to be and how terrible sex is outside of marriage. I need to be praying and asking God to keep each member of my family clean and pure and reserved only for the one they marry.

Proverbs 5:15-23 (English Standard Version)

Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

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