Proverbs 5:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 5:6, NIV: She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Proverbs 5:6, ESV: she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Proverbs 5:6, KJV: Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

Proverbs 5:6, NASB: She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

Proverbs 5:6, NLT: For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't realize it.

Proverbs 5:6, CSB: She doesn't consider the path of life; she doesn't know that her ways are unstable.

What does Proverbs 5:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The symbolic seductress Solomon refers to is thoughtless and carefree. This could just as easily refer to a man who tempts others to betray their marriage. This seducer fails to think about the path of life and ignorantly pursues a path far from God. All she thinks about is how to find someone who will satisfy her lust. This follows a common pattern of Proverbs depicting those involved in sin as foolishly headed towards their own doom.

Sin blinds and exacts a heavy toll on those who cater to the flesh and have no regard for God. Hosea 4:11–12 indicts Israel as having turned away from God in favor of "whoredom [meaning idolatry], wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding." The adulterous person lacks biblical understanding. He or she fails to see how evil adultery is and the bitter consequences it brings. Commonly, an adulterer or adulteress will rationalize the sin by blaming another person or reasoning that it was simply a product of his or her human nature.

Undoubtedly, modern movies, the Internet, and television glorify sexual indulgence. In many cases, it is excused or even celebrated. People of understanding seek the wisdom to resist temptations of sinful lusts.