Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

[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,

10 lest strangers feast on your wealth

   and your toil enrich the house of another.]

11 At the end of your life you will groan,

   when your flesh and body are spent.

12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!

   How my heart spurned correction!

 

 What do those who have been caught up with adulterous women have to show for it? A lifetime of drama: honor defiled, dignity lost, wealth squandered, efforts wasted. He thought he was taking advantage of her, only to find himself laid bare. He put his whole life at risk, and for what? A moment of pleasure for a lifetime of regret, a quick ego boost for enduring humiliation.

 

 “You will say, ‘How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!’” It is difficult to embrace discipline, but it is far more difficult for those who reject it. Correction may be painful, but consequences can be devastating. Discipline and correction are opportunities to learn, reject them and you will learn through misery and regret. You must overcome your foolishness, or it will overcome you.

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