8 Keep to a path far from [the adulterous woman],
do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you lose your honor to others
and your dignity to one who is cruel,
It is dangerous to overestimate your self-control. How close can you get to temptation without it getting you? Probably not as close as you think. The wise father knows that the adulterous woman is a primary threat to his son, the further he can stay away from her the better off he will be. It’s easy to notice her, to find yourself watching her from a distance, to find yourself captivated by her beauty. Yet she is nothing but trouble, no good can come from getting involved with her.
“Lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel.” Just as Esau traded his inheritance for a single meal, those who go after the adulterous woman exchange a moment of pleasure for a lifetime of regret. Countless men have been hijacked by sexual appetite, not realizing the cost until it was too late. If there are things worth sacrificing your honor and dignity for, surely sexual gratification isn’t one of them.