Proverbs 5:15

Drink water from your own cistern,

    flowing water from your own well.

Proverbs 5:15 ESV

This commandment is set against the previous section about the forbidden woman. As a summary illustration we are told to drink only from our own cistern or well. Since the forbidden woman is not yours, leave her alone.

The comparison to property is not meant to demean the intrinsic value of the forbidden woman, it is intended to shock the man’s heart into clarity. Since I don’t want others taking my stuff, I will not take someone else’s woman. She is forbidden to me.

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