For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
What is the fastest way for a man to ruin his life? Have sex with a woman other than his wife! It will destroy his character, reputation, and wealth as fast as any other danger. What kind of men does an adulteress seek? Not fools or scorners, but rather men with character, reputation, and wealth. She knows the pleasure and reward will be greater.
Solomon knew more about women than any ten men. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines (I Kgs 11:1-3). He analyzed women carefully and witnessed the cruel results of whorish women on men (Eccl 7:26-29). He learned the painful lessons of what conniving women could do to a man. He even witnessed the trouble that adultery brought his own father. When Solomon warns about women, wise men will pay close attention.
Of course, this profane generation believes otherwise. They claim a woman that sleeps around is an exciting woman: she joins men for pleasure without cost or responsibilities. Men need not fear any consequences, because their intimacy is merely casual sex, an accepted means of pleasure in a free society. She is not an adulteress; there is no hunter; and no precious life will be harmed. Let God be true, but every man a liar (Rom 3:4)!
What is a whorish woman? A woman that acts like a whore – one that has sex outside marriage, whether married or not. Whoredom is sexual intimacy with any man she has not married (Num 5:11-31; Deut 22:13-21; Heb 13:4). A whorish woman has a dead conscience and feels no guilt for sexual acts with a stranger (Pr 30:20; Jer 3:3). She can only get to this stage by departing from the Lord and filling her soul with evil inputs.
There are prostitutes in every city, but the most dangerous women are those that attend church (Pr 7:6-21). These adulteresses create temptations far beyond the street sluts of city slums. Most men can resist the temptation of prostitutes for many reasons, but few can resist the allurement of an attractive and religious woman that has whorish intents by dress, speech, familiarity, and willingness. It is a horrible thing that many so-called Christian women are whorish by spirit or conduct, even in the house of God.
How much is a piece of bread worth? About ten cents, which the average man can earn in about fourteen seconds! But this is the value of a man who has sex with a whorish woman, unless God graciously intervenes. He is ruined! He spends to buy her favors, flatter himself, cover his sin, buy off judgment, and pay for medical help (Pr 5:10; 6:35). Ungodly sex is expensive! The prodigal wasted his inheritance with harlots (Pr 29:3; Lu 15:13,30). And Job testified that adultery would destroy him financially (Job 31:12).
But the losses go beyond financial losses. He also loses his soul (Pr 6:32; 5:11-14), his reputation (Pr 6:33; 5:9), his peace (Pr 6:34; 5:23), his assets (Pr 6:35; 5:10), his relationship with God (Pr 5:20-21; 22:14), his health and life (Pr 2:17-18; 5:4-5; 7:23,27; 9:18), his freedom (Pr 2:19; 5:22; 23:27), his wife and family, his job, his focus, his confidence, his sexual ability, his strength, and hope for eternal life (Rev 21:8; 22:15).
Are you a godly and noble man? There are adulteresses hunting for you, as Solomon warned (Pr 7:26; 23:27-28). They hunt for precious lives, because they are less interested in ungodly and profane men. They want the best, as Solomon surely discovered (I Kgs 11:1-3). Potiphar’s wife did not care for the base Egyptian servants or guards that were always available; she wanted the favored, spiritual, and virtuous Joseph (Gen 39:1-12).
What is the direct, practical lesson? Every man must stay far away from any woman that even tends toward dressing, speaking, or acting like a whore. The danger is too great to play with this horrible threat (Pr 2:16-19; 5:1-14; 6:20-35; 7:1-5,24-27; 9:13-18; 22:14; 23:27-28). He must recognize that adulteresses will be hunting for him, and he must take any and all precautions, no matter how costly or painful they might be (Matt 5:28-30).
What are the warning signs? Whorish women, even among so-called Christian friends and churches, are always pushing the edge of modesty with their clothing. They are more concerned with their outward appearance than with a meek and quiet spirit. They are forward in conversation or body language with men. They are discontented and unhappy with their husbands and family life. They care more about the natural than the spiritual parts of their lives, are focused on carnal activities, and do not like to stay at home.
What is the indirect, practical lesson? Pornography and sexual fantasies can ruin a man just as fast and thoroughly, though avoiding the overt act of fornication with a whore. The models used for pornography are extremely whorish women, and the man addicted to pornography and sexual fantasies is less than a piece of bread! These wicked women hunt for precious lives as well, with Satan’s assistance, and bring them into hopeless bondage.
What is the indirect, spiritual lesson? Spiritual adultery, which is religious compromise in doctrine or practice, is as bad as physical adultery (Ex 34:15-16; Lev 20:5-6; Judges 2:17; Ps 73:27; 106:39; Jer 3:6-11; Ezek 16:1-59; II Cor 6:14-18). False religion, especially Roman Catholicism, is the whorish woman of spiritual adultery (Rev 17:1-6). She is the mother of harlot churches. Together these adulteresses reduce saints to a piece of bread, and they hunt precious souls to seduce for Satan (II Cor 11:3-4,13-15; II Thess 2:9-12).
Are you totally committed to New Testament doctrine and practice outside the history, influence, and traditions of Rome (I Tim 4:1-6)? You better be, or you are committing adultery against the Lord Jesus Christ, which He will not tolerate for long (Ezek 16:35-43; Jas 4:4; Rev 2:20-23). His call to true saints in the Roman church and her daughters is to come out of her, so they do not partake in her sins or receive of His judgments against her (Rev 18:4). You must avoid the seduction of false religion as intensely as you should avoid a whorish woman, for your soul and those of your family are at stake.