Proverbs 6:33

ESV He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
NIV Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.
NASB He will find wounds and disgrace, And his shame will not be removed.
CSB He will get a beating and dishonor, and his disgrace will never be removed.
NLT He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased.
KJV A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
NKJV Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.

What does Proverbs 6:33 mean?

In this verse Solomon cites three tragic consequences of adultery: wounds, dishonor, and lasting disgrace. His own family history proved this out. Solomon's father, David, first came to know his mother, Bathsheba, in an act of adultery. This quickly spiraled downwards into an attempted coverup and bloodshed (2 Samuel 11). The consequences of this haunted David for the rest of his life.

The adulterer experiences a wounded conscience, a wounded heart, a wounded reputation, and a wounded relationship with the Lord. He soils his reputation and loses whatever honor and esteem he held in the eyes of those who know him. He disgraces himself in their eyes and in the eyes of his spouse and children. His sinful act can even cause the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme (2 Samuel 12:14 KJV). In response to David's adultery, the Lord promised to inflict wounds on David's household and humiliate him publicly (2 Samuel 12:10–11).

It's all too common to see public figures and leaders fall to the temptation of adultery. In the modern world, the risk of exposure is greater than ever. What they hope to keep secret can be uncovered and reported worldwide by the media. Disgraced in the eyes of family, loyal supporters, and the public, some tearfully resign their positions or forfeit influence.

As Solomon points out, adultery comes with a bitter price (Proverbs 6:27–32).
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