27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
Fire is a wonderful thing to have within the proper context, but its misuse can be extraordinarily destructive. An errant spark can destroy a whole forest, one person’s careless act can permanently alter the lives of those around him. What fire is in the physical realm, sex is in the emotional realm. It can be a source of great warmth and comfort, a point of fascination, even a means of illumination. But few things are as dangerous when used irresponsibly.
That which belongs in a stove is not a good thing to have in one’s lap. The fool who tramples on hot coals will have permanent scars to show for his folly, as will the fool who tramples on sex. Whatever fleeting pleasure there is to be found in adultery is far outweighed by its lasting consequences, which extend far beyond the bounds in which it began.