Solomon’s Proverbs – Adulterous man

I have always been fascinated by the wisdom of the ancient King of Israel, King Solomon, and the bible says he was the wisest man who has ever lived. I remember writing a short summary of what he studied during his life, and I declared that no man who has ever lived had a better resume that him. In an article called ‘God created science’ I said King Solomon was a “Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist, and a song writer of 1 005 songs…..who also wrote 3000 proverbs”. And I asked if there ever has been been a man with a better resume, and somebody said Leonardo Da Vinci’s resume was as impressive if not better. In this series, I would be looking at some of the most fascinating proverbs and teachings that King Solomon has ever wrote, starting today with his proverbs on adulterous men.

Solomon said “a man who commits adultery lacks judgment, whoever does that destroys himself” (Proverbs 6:32). Since yesterday I have been thinking of the stupidity of men who cheat on their wives, and how they fool themselves into thinking they are smart when they are not. Solomon says such men lack judgment, and in cheating on their wives they destroy themselves. While thinking about this issue, I managed to come up with three signs to highlight the fact that cheating men are the most stupid people on earth:

1. Cheating men always think their wives don’t know about their affairs As stupid as it is, almost all men who cheat on their wives always think their wives don’t know about their affairs. Even though their wives can smell the perfumes on their shirts, or see some women hair on their clothes, these men still fool themselves into thinking their affairs are secret. With wives having access to their husbands’ bank statements through post, they are able to look at the pattern of their husbands’ spending and can notice when you bought flowers with your credit card or went to a restaurant with another person by just looking at the amount you paid on that restaurant. Husbands are known to leave their phones lying around, so it’s not difficult for wives to browse through your call list and see who are speaking to. Yet almost all cheating men think their wives have no idea about their affairs, hence Solomon said they “lack judgment”.

2. Cheating men always think they’ll get away with the affair Not only are cheating men ignorant of the fact that their wives always notice when they are having an affair, but they also fool themselves into thinking they can enter into affairs and end them without any consequences. Look at Tiger Woods for instance, he not only cheated on his wife but he was convinced he’ll get away with those affairs. Not only did his wife know about his affairs, and but he paid dearly for them. Yet millions of men all over the world think they are smarter and they can get away with it. Not only do they get caught by their wives, but they are dragged into divorce courts and squeezed out of every little cent they have and made to lose their home and children. No wonder Solomon said “a man who commits adultery……. destroys himself”.

Solomon also says something more astonishing against those cheating on their wives with other men’s wives. He says “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished” (Proverbs 6:27-29). Solomon is saying it plainly that the most stupid thing any man can do is not only to cheat on his wife, but to do so with another man’s wife. He compared it to walking on hot coals, because in the end it always ends in calamity.

3. Cheating men always think their wives are not cheating on them My observation of most contemporary women I know is that they are not willing to endure a cheating husband like their predecessors did, but they are likely to do the cheating of their own in return. The most horrible thing that could ever happen to a cheating man is to find out that not only does his wife know that he’s cheating but she has decided to do the same as well. These discoveries always tear them into pieces. They may wish to hold the moral high ground when they find out about their wives’ infidelity, but they are quickly reminded of their own infidelity. Some of these men always retaliate by beating up their wives, while some go a step further by killing them and then themselves. The thought of imagining their wives cheating on them is always too much to bear, yet they were cheating as well. It is at this point when they realize the folly of their actions and wish they had never cheated, but at this stage it’s usually too late.

Solomon gave the reason why he discourages every man from ever considering adultery. He said “Why embrace the bosom of another’s man’s wife? For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths” (Proverbs 5:20, 21). God sees every adulterous affair you are having, whether you are having it in secret or publicly, and He examines it. In the seventh commandment, God said “do not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14), while He also says “anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Adultery is a very serious sin in God’s eyes, as it breaks His seventh commandment, and He has said that adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9, 11).

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