Day 17


from the reading plan

Proverbs 5:1-23

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

In Exodus 20, God commands us not to commit adultery. But Proverbs adds a layer of complexity to that law by discussing the path that can lead to this particular sin. Often, the act of adultery is a product of walking a long and dangerous road of seduction. This seduction can come through another human being or the unchecked longings and unaddressed pain in our hearts. Keep both of these meanings in mind when reading these proverbs about adultery.

Reflection Questions: 

Why do you suppose this passage is told as a story, instead of a list of reasons why adultery is wrong?

Describe the temptations you’re facing in this season of your life.

What does “Keep your way far from her” mean in Proverbs 5:8? Practically, what are some ways you can do this as it relates to the specific temptation you are facing?


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