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Proverbs 5:15 ( Marriage)

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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Proverbs 5:15

Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Water, a precious blessing in the Middle East, is here a metaphor for sexual pleasure with a woman. Water satisfies thirst, is necessary for survival, and very pleasing to a thirsty soul (25:25). Men would store extra water in cisterns, or holding tanks; and they would draw water from wells, which they dug. Every man needed his own supply to protect himself and his family.

Men seek and need the water of sexual pleasure, for the LORD put a great desire and need in them for it (I Cor 7:2,9; Gen 2:18). The exceptions establish this well known rule confirmed by nature, rather than nullify it (Matt 19:10-12; I Tim 4:3; I Cor 9:5).

Though wine is a blessing from the LORD (Ps 104:15) and men crave food by God's design, drinking and eating without limitation or holy discipline is sin and folly (Pr 23:20). So men who forget the rules of this water are guilty of sin and deserve judgment.

Your own personal wife is one of God's great gifts, for which men should be constantly thankful (18:22). Wisdom demands that a man drink of this pleasure from his own wife only, and not from the wives of others; for marriage is honorable in all sexual actions, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Heb 13:4).

No man need even consider the cisterns or wells of others, for his own by God's wise design are more than enough for his needs and happiness. To think upon the cisterns and wells of others is to sin and open the door for great folly (6:25; Job 31:1; Matt 5:28).

If the water supply at home seems lacking, then maybe the pump needs priming (Eph 5:25-29; Song of Solomon 1:2; 2:4; 5:2-4; 7:1-10). Constant vigilance to maintain peace and happiness with your wife is one of the surest protections against this great sin.

The strong warning here to limit yourself to your own wife includes any use of pornography to steal pleasure from others and cause discontentment with your own water supply, as Solomon goes on to warn (5:19; Ps 101:3; II Sam 11:1-3; Heb 13:5).

Every daughter of God should be careful and faithful in making sure her husband drinks deeply, often, and pleasantly, lest she drive him to wells that are not his, due to bitterness or dryness in his own cistern and well (I Cor 7:2-5).


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