Proverbs 5-6

Proverbs 5-6

Scripture Thought (What I Learned):

Both Proverbs 5 and 6 have a very clear message that is directed towards men, but can easily be applied to women. That message is pretty simple; 1: Don’t fornicate or commit adultery; 2: Be careful who you marry or who you trust in general. People can deceive and have lying lips that appear to be sweet as ‘honey’ but once you partake the ‘sweet honey’ turns ‘bitter’; 3: Once you are married is important to stay married and ensure that both partners feel a strong connection on all levels that includes a very healthy sexual intimacy.

I believe that all too often (especially in the LDS Church) that sex is talked about as something evil and perverted. Which is true if done outside of marriage, but in marriage it should be something that both husband and wife can have sexual fulfillment that will keep them from lust and sin. Eternal Marriage goes one step beyond traditional marriage in the sense that being married to someone who you can trust with your physical and spiritual life. Husband and wife should be a check and balance system to ensure that both return to our Heavenly Father and dwell in the Celestial Kingdom. God knew that man was weak, so he gave man the woman to keep man in check and ensure that we will return to live with him. Mankind in general is weak, and men and women sin. But if man and woman are bound together in Holy Matrimony they become ONE, just like God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are ONE, one in purpose.

Chapter 5: Don’t Divorce

In this proverb we learn a lot about the importance of marriage to the right person. We also learn about the evils of the world and the ways that man can be tricked into evil ways.

“…the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:” (Proverbs 5:3)

Essentially this is a warning to men who may get caught in the trap of lusting after a woman who may appear to have “lips of honey” and someone who is a “smooth” talker. She may appear to be sweet, but… “…her end is bitter… sharp as a twoedged sword… her steps take hold on hell… her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.” (Proverbs 5:4-6)

The counsel given in this proverb is very clear: “Remove thy way far from her…” (Proverbs 5:8)

But the proverb continues to tell us who we should marry “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” (Proverbs 5:18-19)

Something very important to remember and take away from this Proverb… sex is not evil. Sex outside of marriage is evil. Those who are married should enjoy sexual intimacy between one another and if a healthy sexual relationship is balanced with all other activities of being married, spending time together, working through problems together, having children etc… then the marriage will be successful and filled with love. God does not want us engaging in sexual relations before marriage and wants to make sure that once we are married, WE STAY married. God does not like divorce.

Chapter 6: Seven things the Lord Hates

This proverb lists seven things that the Lord hates (in my version of the Bible, which is the King James Version it tells me that there are ‘6’ things the Lord hates, I like to classify them as 7.

  1. 1.       “A proud look…” (Proverbs 6:17)
  2. 2.       “…a lying tongue…” (Proverbs 6:17)
  3. 3.       “…hands that shed innocent blood.” (Proverbs 6:17)
  4. 4.       “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations…” (Proverbs 6:18)
  5. 5.       “…feet that be swift in running to mischief.” (Proverbs 6:18)
  6. 6.       “A false witness that speaketh lies…” (Proverbs 6:19)
  7. 7.       “…he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:19)

God does not like sin, period. The laws don’t change, we either choose to follow them or we don’t. “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” (Proverbs 6:23)

Essentially the law is light, we can choose how much light we want in our lives by adjusting the amount we follow the commandments (our lantern), if we chose to not follow the commandments it is like not putting any oil (or batteries) in our lamp. If we chose to follow the commandments and fill our lantern with fresh oil or batteries then we can have more of the light. If we go against this WE WILL be left in the dark. We also have to understand that criticism and even chastisement is part of life and it occurs for our own learning.

This proverbs ends by re-addressing what we learned from Proverbs 5; that is “…whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” (Proverbs 6:32)

Committing adultery, or fornication (sex outside of the bonds of marriage) will be wounded and dishourned and will carry that sin for life (Proverbs 6:33)

We must remember that “…jealousy is the rage of a man…” (Proverbs 6:34)

 

Psalms 5-6

Psalms 5-6

Chapter 5: The Lord Hates “Workers of Iniquity”

To the Chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.

“Nehiloth – is the general term for perforated wind-instruments of all kinds (flutes for example)”

“Give ear unto my words… Hearken unto my voice… My voice shalt thou hear in the morning…” (Psalms 5:1-3). In the first three verses, David is desperately asking for God’s attention. David uses a Hebrew method of repeating his words (in this case, 3 times).

David goes on with his prayer and tells God, the obvious. “…thou art not a God that hath please in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” (Psalms 5:4)

David meditates on the righteous character of God. What we do before God, matter. God does not like workers of iniquity and will not have them in his presence.

“…there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness… they flatter with their tongue.” (Psalms 5:9)

Here, David points out that those who are wicked will flatter you with their speech, but in reality, he focuses on what the wicked say as evidence of their wickedness. Jesus taught something similar in Matthew 12:41; “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” In other words our righteousness or wickedness will sooner or later show up in our speech. The true intentions of our heart, good or bad will slip in our words.

Chapter 6: David Cries Mercy to God

To the chief Musician on Heginoth upon Sheminith (eight stringed Harp), A Psalm of David.

“Neginoth – Hebrew for Stringed Instruments”

“Sheminith-  Is a musical term, a similar direction is found in the title of Psalms 12:1 and in 1 Chronicles 15:21. Although we don’t know for sure, it seems that Sheminith denotes a certain air known as the eighth, or a certain key in which the psalm was to be sung.”

Psalm 6 is known as the first of seven penitential psalms – songs of confession and humility before God. It was a custom in the early church to sing these psalms on Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday before Easter.

“O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger… Have mercy upon me… for I am weak… heal me for my bones are vexed (worried/troubled).” (Psalms 6:1-2)

We don’t know what sin David was praying about, but because of his sin David sensed he was under the condemnation from God. Here he calls out for God to kindle his anger with him and hear his plea.

In the Book of Mormon we have a similar story in a book called “Ether”, here the Lord tells us that “…if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble… for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27; The Book of Mormon)

                David knew that he must present to the Lord that he was weak and NEEDED the Lord to help him. In letters to the Corinthians, Paul explains that; “…my strength is made perfect in weakness… therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

                Paul, like David knew what the Lord had taught to Moroni and later to Ether in the Book of Mormon; that God gives men weakness so that they can be humbled. With this humility they can take joy in the unpleasant things of life, knowing that with this weakness they can be made strong!

David ends in this chapter by asking God to vex his enemies, that they might be ashamed of their wickedness.