This week, we are studying the women in the Book of Proverbs. Solomon describes thirteen different women in his proverbs. And so we have grouped these into five lessons so we can discuss each thoroughly enough to help you learn what the Bible says about them. Today we are studying the whorish, adulterous woman. You will notice right away that the world has a much different view of this woman than God does. So, we must pay special attention to God’s description of her so that we are not persuaded by what the world has to say.
The whorish woman – Prov 6:26 – “For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread…”. There are two applications in this verse that we must consider. The first is practical and deals with women. The second is spiritual and deals with a church. We’ll deal with the woman first. The whorish woman is also known as an adulterous woman.
The adulterous woman – Prov 30:20 – “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” Her conscience doesn’t trouble her in the least. When she is through with one relationship, she goes right on to the next. She is not faithful and sees nothing wrong with what she’s doing, at all.
The Practical Application to Women
In the Bible, a woman is considered whorish if she engages in premarital sex. In Deut 22:13-21, if a man marries a woman, who, he thinks, is a virgin, and it turns out she’s not, “she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house.” God looks at her much differently than the world does. The world doesn’t consider a woman a whore unless she sells herself in prostitution. God considers her a whore because she has committed fornication.
You might be thinking that God’s attitude in the New Testament is much different. But it isn’t. In 1 Thes 4:3-5, it is the will of God that you abstain from fornication. Joseph was going to put Mary away because he thought she was with child from fornication [Matt 1:18-19]. He wasn’t going to have her stoned, as in Deuteronomy, but he wasn’t going to take her to him to wife, either. In 1 Cor 6:13-18, Paul clearly states, “Flee fornication.” It is the only sin that perverts your physical relationship to Christ. Marriage, on the other hand, is honorable [Heb 13:4].
Thankfully, there is forgiveness with God. In 1 Cor 6:9-11, Paul wrote, “such were some of you.” They were forgiven… washed, sanctified, and justified. But they had stopped those sins. Paul wrote “such WERE some of you.” In Jn 8:1-11, Jesus forgave the woman taken in adultery. But he said “go, and sin no more.” In Jn 4:16-18 Jesus knew all about the woman’s adultery and yet he saved her. She was even able to bring many others to Christ through her testimony, Jn 4:39.
If you are a single woman, do not commit fornication. That makes you a whorish woman. If you are committing fornication, stop and seek forgiveness with God. If you are a single man, do not commit fornication. Your relationship with the woman you’re seeing may not last and you will have contributed to her being a whorish woman by fornicating with her. That’s not right for her or for her future husband. And for both of you, it is not right to the Lord that you commit fornication. Your body is not for fornication. It is a sin against your own body in that you have perverted your relationship with the Lord.
The Spiritual Application to a Church
Prov 6:26 says that the whorish woman will bring a man to a piece of bread. She will hunt for the precious life. This verse can be applied to the Catholic Church, which is either the whore of Rev 17:1-6, or connected with her. A study of the dark ages will reveal the millions of Christians martyred by her. And more will be martyred by her in the Tribulation.
In the celebration of the Eucharist, Catholics confess to the bread, held above the priest’s head, “My Lord, and my God.” That was Thomas’s confession when he saw Jesus Christ [Jn 20:28]. The eucharist is a perversion of Jn 6:48 and Jn 6:54. You don’t have eternal life by eating a piece of bread offered to you. You have eternal life by believing on Jesus Christ, the bread of life [Jn 6:35, 47, 63]. Be careful when a whore tries to bring you to a piece of bread.
Conclusion: you have head some things from the word of God that have undoubtedly opened your eyes to God’s truth. Do what God wants you to do with the information that you have heard today.