Warning Against Adultery (Proverbs 5)

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Proverbs 5


1. What advice have your parents given you on marriage?

2. What bells and whistles ring in your ears after reading this chapter? Do you hear the police bullhorn? the ambulance siren? the cheated spouse blowing the whistle?

3. This chapter is filled with picture words. Do they enhance the point of the passage for you, or detract from it? What is the main point?

4. Why is adultery so appealing (verses 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20 – 22)?

5. What consequences does the permissive lifestyle described here reap (verses 9 – 11, 14)? What benefits accrue to those who “drink from their own cistern” (verses 15ff)?

6. What causes a man to think “the grass is greener on the other side”? Are wives tempted by the same things as husbands? Explain.

7. What has been most influential in your understanding of sexual dos and don’ts?

  • TV sitcoms
  • Real life sitcoms (or drama)
  • Scripture
  • parents
  • pornography
  • classroom discussions
  • music (especially love songs)
  • the locker room
  • public service announcements about STDs

8. What was lacking in your sexual education as a youth?

9. What sexual advice have you once rejected but later discovered was sound? What happened? What problem remains unsolved? Where can you get help?

10. The adulteress does not even realize that “her paths are crooked” (verse 6). If you were going do the wrong path would you want someone to correct you? Who? How?

11. Given verse 21, what difference will that make in your future thoughts and decisions regarding sex?


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