[32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.]
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
and his shame will never be wiped away.
34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.
The adulterer may claim that sex is “just an appetite,” and that all consensual behavior is acceptable, but reality proves otherwise. He hasn’t reasoned his way into his sin, which will prove to be self-destructive, and no amount of reasoning will get him out of it. The fury and shame he gets are well earned, his reputation is permanently altered. Who is surprised by the husband’s response? There is no valid excuse for what has been done, no explanation can restore what has been broken. The adulterer has failed to restrain his lust, and the husband will fail to restrain his fury.