Proverbs 6:24

ESV to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
NIV keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
NASB To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the foreign woman.
CSB They will protect you from an evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a wayward woman.
NLT It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
KJV To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
NKJV To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress.

What does Proverbs 6:24 mean?

Here, once again (Proverbs 5:1–6), Solomon addresses the wisdom of staying clear of those who tempt us towards adultery. In the context of this passage, he speaks to his sons and / or students, so he uses the imagery of an adulteress. It's hardly controversial to say that men are more prone to sexual temptation than women; however, the point made here is not restricted to men. The warnings about adultery apply equally to males and females. Leading up to this moment, Solomon has stressed the importance of listening to his advice (Proverbs 6:20–23), which speaks to how damaging sexual sin can be.

Scripture specifically calls out this person as an "evil woman" and an "adulteress." The reference may identify either a prostitute (Proverbs 6:26) or a promiscuous married woman (Proverbs 6:29). The concept would apply to all extramarital sex, however, even if the partner is unmarried. Solomon credits wisdom derived from God's Word with enabling his son to refuse the evil woman's smooth tongue. The adulteress may use flattery to draw her victim into her snare, or she may promise him a pleasant experience. Proverbs 7:21 says, "with much seductive speech she persuades him."

Armed with Scripture, a man knows God has commanded, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14) and "you shall not covet your neighbor's wife" (Exodus 20:17). The Word of God is a powerful sword a believer can use to deflect Satan's temptations (Ephesians 6:17). When Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph, Joseph refused her efforts. He chose to obey God, saying, "How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9).
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