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Proverbs 5:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
Drink water from your own cistern: The Bible is not squeamish about sexual relations, and we do well to follow that example if we are to help our young ones avoid the pitfalls of this world. The cistern (בּוֹר bor) or well is an underground tank for storing precious rainwater and is being used as a poetic expression for the precious wife, who satisfies her husband’s desires. This is considered a private water source, unlike the water supply in public places. Therefore, the point is quite straightforward, just as you drink water from your own cistern, you only have sexual relations with your own wife.
Proverbs 9:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well” in 5:15 is likening sexual relations within one’s marriage as drawing stimulating, refreshing water out of your own well, while stolen waters refer to hidden immoral sexual relations. Thus, the so-called sweetness is associated with the one secretly cheating on their spouse. Thus, water is being used to mean sexual relations that are forbidden, so they must be kept secret. The idea of getting away with a hidden sexual relationship is what gives such waters their seeming sweetness. While it may seem like a sweetness to be in a secret, a hidden sexual relationship from your spouse, it is only a momentary pleasure. Because of our fallen flesh and human imperfection, it may be pleasantly fulfilled in sexual satisfaction for a few minutes, but where does it lead? Death!