“For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.”
I started attending church at the age of 15, and I was given an NIV Bible. The NIV puts this verse this way:
for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
For a while it confused me, because I read it as “the prostitute gradually turns you into a loaf of bread.” Before I saw another translation, I figured it out!
Broke and Worthless
As has been discussed for the past several days, the lure of the prostitute and foolishness leads to bad things. Not only is it dangerous because of diseases you might receive, you can find yourself practically penniless from spending so much on this habit. Not only might you lose all of your money, you may find your health in decline.
Do you know what happens to you when you can barely afford to buy a loaf of bread? You starve and either die or debase yourself publicly to get by.
You could also get caught doing something illegal (which prostitution is in most areas), and then you find you are in jail/prison.
Broken and Lost
On a purely spiritual level, beware of false preachers and teachers; beware of twisted and false teachings.
Prosperity gospel-, “Name-It-and-Claim-It”-, and Personality-centered messages/churches generally convince you to spend all of your money and/or give all of your money to the one speaking.
There are churches, denominations, and other organizations with teachings that sound great and biblical; yet, if you pay attention, you would find they are taken out of context (biblically and/or spiritually … there can be a difference) or, worse, twisted to serve an ungodly purpose.
If you do not end up broke and worthless in this life, the ultimate result may very well be that you have lost everlasting life.
Do not give your soul – your life – to another. Steer clear of the prostitutes, on the streets or in religion, by knowing the dangers they pose. Seek God and His path in all things.
Dear Lord, help us to stay away from the allure of the prostitute and adulteress. Help us keep our hearts, minds, and souls safe and pure. Reveal your love and grace to us all the more, that anything and anyone else is not as desirable.