16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.
Wisdom enables improvement, but it also affords protection. Two dangers are highlighted in this chapter: “the ways of wicked men” and “the adulterous woman.” How many have been lured in by these things, only to find themselves trapped? Thus the safeguards of wisdom are as vital as its guidance, both ought to be observed with great care.
“Who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.” The wayward woman may be attractive in appearance and seductive in speech, but she has a history of betrayal. “This time it’s different,” she promises, though her character remains unchanged. Heed the red flags, run from her temptations, it is easy to fall into her snares but it is agonizing to try and get out.