Proverbs 5:9,10 Dissected & Defined
Lest thou give thine honour (promotion) unto others, and thy years (prime time) unto the cruel: Lest strangers (belonging to another) be filled with thy wealth (strength); and thy labours (life’s) be in the house of a stranger;
This verse brings us to the sad conclusion of a man in an immoral relationship with another man’s wife. Solomon calls her a stranger. It means “belonging to another.”
The Results of Immorality
Solomon tells us that he is in danger of losing his status in life. His opportunity for advancement is hindered. His prime years in life will be under observation by people who will not have his best interests at heart. That which once was his forté is now the strength of another. He will be under tribute forever.
It would be easy to look at this as a danger of immorality in the workplace. For it surely explains the damages of one’s career in specific detail. However, that is not the true “underlying meaning.” For one would simply find another job and gain emancipation from this curse!
The Cruel One That Will Hound You Because of Immorality
No, the cruel person that will hound you is not your boss, this strange woman’s husband, nor even your own spouse. This cruel person is not flesh and blood. It is a prince of a territory (a principality). His goal is to steal and to kill and to destroy.
As you look at the awful results of this man’s mistake, you will see that everything of value in his life has been stolen. His potential has been killed, and his future destroyed.
This is not the wreckage of a woman. This is the wreckage of a wile. A wile (scheme) of the devil. The wiles of the devil begin in the mind, convince the will, and stimulate the emotions. Then comes action! He plants this scheme in the mind of the other man’s woman and the other woman’s man. From there, it permeates the will of the two strangers. They belong to another, but they are longing for one another! This leads them to their emotional collapse.
The wile took a while, but it worked. That wile always begins in the mind.
So….mind your own business, stranger!