Pro 5: 15-23 (ESV)
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.
Solomon can be startlingly honest! Without mentioning sex he hits us between the eyes with his comparison of the satisfaction of a healthy sex life – he even dares to compare it with the need for a good supply of drinking water. Find a good marriage (like a well in your own back yard) and drink from it without scooping up water off the road after a rain. And no dilly-dallying – a one on one relationship, with no sharing around.
Then he uses phrases very similar to what he uses in the ‘Song of Solomon’. Imaginative but a relationship as delightful as watching the animals frolic in the garden of Eden.
Why be intoxicated with cheap wine, entrapped by the sultry advertising of adultery. Don’t forget God is watching and sin ensnares and leads astray.
Prayer: Enable me to live a self-disciplined life in tune with Your way, please.