Book of Proverbs
Adultery and Jealousy

6. For the LORD gives wisdom; out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 7. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly. 11. Discretion shall preserve you and, understanding shall keep you, 16. To deliver you from the wanton woman, even from the stranger who flatters with her words.
(Proverbs 2:6-7,11,16, Holy Bible - A Faithful Version throughout)

1. My son, attend to my wisdom; bow your ear to my understanding; 2. That you may keep discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge. 3. For the lips of a wanton woman drip as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil; 4. But her end is as bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the grave. 6. She does not ponder the path of life; her ways are unstable - you cannot know them.

7. Now therefore hear me, O you children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. 8. Remove your ways far from her, and do not come near the door of her house, 9. Lest you give your honor unto others and your years unto the cruel; 10. Lest strangers be filled with your wealth, and your labors be in the house of a stranger; 11. And you moan when your end comes, when your flesh and your body are consumed

18. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. 19. Let her be as the loving deer and pleasant doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times, and be ravished always with her love. 20. For why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? - Proverbs 5:1-11, 18-20

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Jealousy, that dragon which slays love
under the pretense of keeping it alive.
Havelock Ellis, 1859-1939

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23. For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life 24. To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart; nor let her seduce you with her eyelids 26. For by means of a harlot a man is vanquished to a piece of bread; and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

27. Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28. Can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 29. So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
Proverbs 6:23-29

34. For jealousy is the rage of a man; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35. He will not accept any recompense, nor will he be willing even if you multiply the gifts for him. - Prov. 6:34-35

1. My son, keep my words and store up my commandments within you. 2. Keep my commandments and live; and keep my law as the apple of your eye.

5. So that they may keep you from the wanton woman, from the stranger who flatters with her words. 6. For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, 7. And I saw among the simple ones, among the youths, a young man with no understanding, 8. Passing through the street near her corner. And he went the way to her house 9. In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night. 10. And, behold, there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot and a wily heart. 11. She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not stay in her house; 12. Now she is outside, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.

13. And she caught him and kissed him, and with an impudent face she said to him . . . 18. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses, 19. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 21. With much alluring, seductive speech she caused him to yield; with the flattering of her lips she seduced him. 22. He goes after her immediately, like an ox goes to the slaughter, or like a fool to the correction of the stocks 23. Until a dart strikes through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare and does not know that it will cost him his life.

25. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways; do not go astray in her paths, 26. For she has cast down many wounded; yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27. Her house is the way to the grave, going down to the chambers of death. - Proverbs 7:1-2, 5-13, 18-23, 25-27

Wit and Wisdom from the World
Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and turns into fury
or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680

13. A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knows nothing. 14. And she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15. To call those who pass by, who are going straight on their ways: 16. "Whoever is thoughtless, let him turn in here." And to one lacking understanding, she says to him, 17. "Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant." 18. But he does not know that the dead are there; her guests are in the depths of the grave. - Proverbs 9:13-18

14. The mouth of wanton women is a deep pit; he who is cursed by the LORD shall fall therein.
Prov. 22:14

27. For a harlot is a deep ditch, and a wanton woman is a narrow pit. 28. She also lies in wait as for prey and increases the transgressors among men. - Prov. 23:27-28

4. Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before jealousy?
Proverbs 27:4

3. Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
Proverbs 29:3

Wit and Wisdom from the World
In jealousy there is more self-love than love.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680

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