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The Immorally Erring Believer
Proverbs 5:11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
11 and you groan at your end,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
and you groan at your end: To (נָהַם naham) groan is to indicate vocally in an inarticulate way pain, discomfort, or displeasure. You were in such a rush to feed your fleshly desires, and now you groan over the pain and suffering that has resulted, such as sexually transmitted diseases. At your end, it does not necessarily mean the end of your life, but rather the end of the affair with the strange woman.
When your flesh and body are consumed: Here the flesh (בָּשָׂר basar) and body (שְׁאֵר sheer) are referring to the literal body of flesh and muscles, the physical body or the whole person, we well as your personality and being. Any sexually transmitted disease will consume (כָּלָה kalah) and hasten the deterioration of an already imperfect body. This would also be the case of being consumed with shame, guilt, anxiety, and the stress or worry of being caught. The lusts of uncleanness are indeed at war with our very inner person, which the sinner has no real concern over anyway, but it is also detrimental to the body as well. Solomon creates the sinner scenario yet admonishes himself and upset his own stupidity. He is most intensely and desperately lamenting his choices.
Besides the disease and pain that you may bring upon his own flesh and body when you turn to immorality, the possible disease and pain upon your wife who is one flesh with you, and upon your future children, you also bring disunity, a suspicion that will plague you for life, and a lack of peace into his married life. But worse than this, you bring yourself to spiritual death in that you leave the path of life and enter on the path that leads to death. You pay the price of having God’s disapproval, whose eyes have been upon your ways and paths.
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