For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
Dissected and Defined: Strange means belonging to another. Wormwood is a plant that has a bitter nauseous taste. A two-edged sword cuts no matter how it is applied.
Paraphrase: These verses are revealing to Solomon’s son the dangers of developing inappropriate relationships. When we hear of this woman that belongs to someone else, we might picture a woman with no morals or a woman that lives wickedly and has a mean side to her. These are not bad conclusions, but they are probably not realistic ones.
You see, the person who belongs to another will also be drawn to one who belongs to another, as well. But. please realize that no one is drawn one way or the other to a person who will cut them, one way or another and leave them nauseous and bitter. For we would surely reject these types of people much quicker than we would be tempted, enticed, or seduced by them.
However, that is not what this verse is teaching. Rather, the attraction of another person’s property will indeed be an appetizing proposition to both of you. No one intends to harm anyone. Not you, not them, and neither intend to harm those to whom they belong. Yet, the wisest man on earth (who unfortunately also happened to know a lot about being unfaithful) tells us that all inappropriate things must come to an end and when they do, there are going to be grave consequences—bitterness and nausea, to name a few.
God has wired women this way. Don’t forget it. If you touch someone who does not belong to you, you will be cut one way or another. People will get hurt. Don’t try to find a way around this. God has designed His ladies to be movable and unpredictable! Yes, God says other women are…strange?