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The Path to Sexual Immorality
Proverbs 5:4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood: What initially seemed so sweet and appealing will only end as bitter as (לַעֲנָה laanah) wormwood, a leafy plant that yields a bitter-tasting extract. In Scripture, among other things, wormwood is compared to the aftereffects of immorality.
Sharp as a two-edged sword: This encounter has the possibility of making one ill, in severe pain, and even leading to death like a two-edged sword. This brief encounter of sexual immorality will feel like you are being slashed with a two-edged sword, which at the very minimum will cause you emotional wounds and pain.
The horrors of conscience are bitter wormwood. Sexual immorality is but a momentary pleasure, immediate gratification. However, afterward, the effects are as bitter (painful, heartbreaking) as wormwood and as sharp as a two-edged sword. The conscience can torment the person for a very long time, especially if the act has consequences that run deeper than a troubled conscience, such as ending in a sexually transmitted disease, or worse still, an unexpected pregnancy. Then, there is the emotional pain of all that is involved. One sexual escapade that lasts one night can result in a lifetime of pain for many people. We need to avoid entering the path that can lead to sexual immorality.
 Wormwood is also compared to the bitter experience that came upon Judah and Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. (Jer. 9:15; 23:15; Lam. 3:15, 19) It also represents the suffering as the result of injustice and unrighteousness (Am 5:7; 6:12) and is used with reference to apostates. (Deut. 29:18) At Revelation 8:11, wormwood indicates a bitter and poisonous substance, also called absinthe.
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