The Lips of an Adulterous Man

counter 1000Have you ever felt trapped in a relationship? Have you ever felt deceived by flattery and empty promises? Maybe you’ve been with an adulterous man. Now there is a term that we don’t often used when referring to the male species, but, honestly, where did we get the idea that only women can act deceitfully in order to lure?

When I think of the adjective, adulterous, I often think of a woman engaged in prostitution, but check out the other translations for the word adulteress: the Hebrew word zür translates adulterous to also mean someone who is wicked, a stranger, a foreigner or an enemy. That gives an entirely different slant on the following passage from Proverbs 5.

I took a little liberty to change the pronouns used in the verse. So humor me for a moment because I think it might be helpful to look at the scripture from a different perspective. Often when text uses the pronoun, “he “, scripture is really referring to both the masculine and feminine. So many of us, however, have read these particular scriptures and only thought they pertained to men. If we change the gender pronouns, here’s how Proverbs 5:3–4 reads:

For the lips of the adulterous man drip honey, and his speech is smoother than oil; but in the end he is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword (Proverbs 5:3-4).

Ladies, does that sound like some men you know? There’s a lot of wisdom in this chapter for women who are attracted to toxic relationships. Men can have speech smoother than oil. Man can woo us with their words. Deceitful words. Empty promises. Flattery meant to entice us into their trap so they can control us. The problem is that although they may be deceitful we often don’t recognize it until it’s too late.

until the dagger has pierced our heart.

So listen carefully to the next few verses. I’ve included two versions of the NIV Life Application Study Bible because of the way each articulates what we jeopardize. You will see that bolded.

Now then, at my daughters, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep to a path far from him, do not go near the door of his house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel (Proverbs 5:7-9 NIV Life Application Study Bible ©1984).

Now then, my daughters, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. Keep to a path far from him, do not go near the door of his house, lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel (Proverbs 5:7-9 NIV Life Application Study Bible ©2011).

My friend, when your gut tells you that a man is using flattery or that his motives don’t seem quite right, trust your gut! The Spirit testifies with our spirit. He warns us! Heed the warning. It’s a sign that the road is closed! Do not enter.

stop signs

  • Don’t get involved or give your heart to a man that gives you that feeling.
  • Don’t minimize his behavior.
  • Don’t make excuses for him.
  • Don’t tell yourself that you’re imagining things.
  • Don’t tell yourself that he will change.
  • Don’t tell yourself that once he falls in love with you things will get better.
  • Don’t fall for the lie that a ring or a wedding will motivate him to change.

Instead run! Run for your life. Don’t give your best strength to others or your years to one who is cruel. Save your heart for someone who will not only honor his word but honor your heart and fully cherish you for the valuable woman you are. God created you special. Only a man that honors you with his actions is worthy of your heart.

May I declare His truthMay I pray for you?

Father, I lift of my sister who is struggling today with hurts from the past and present that have wounded her heart. Heal her from the words and actions of men who were supposed to love and adore her like you do. Heal her from the shattered self-image that tells her she deserved shame, abandonment or abuse. Bring restoration and healing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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13 Responses to The Lips of an Adulterous Man

  1. Brooke June 2, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    If you don’t listen to your gut and run, but instead make the excuses and marry the man, what then? What about when he says he’s genuinely trying to change, get counseling and be different? I am there. I have no desire left to be here or to give him any more chances. How can I leave when God gives us an infinite amount of chances? I have no idea what to do.

    • Christy Johnson June 4, 2018 at 8:18 am #

      We get ourselves into trouble by making excuses, but the situation won’t get better just by leaving…or staying and holding a grudge because you have no desire left to give him any more chances. I’d encourage you to learn how to set some healthy boundaries to ensure that you no longer tolerate unacceptable behavior and guard your heart from further offenses. To help with that, I’ll be rolling out some group coaching courses soon. Look for details in email:)

      • Judy Allen December 14, 2019 at 11:25 pm #

        Thanl you for the advise , cause i think i may be going out with one , im not sure im probaly wrong , but will they use things that they have asked you about & you have said oh yes i. Love that , & because you do like it , he finds a reason why he cant , like kissing is intimate to me , any way he is scare of intimacy & dont kiss , bla bla , which i know for a fact thats a lie , but with me he dont kiss me bla bla & i love i mean i love getting suprises or presents , nit from everybody , but my guy friend made me a rock with a smiley face on it , anyway you would have thougt he brought me that rock & bla bla bla , anyway he said that bascally im this & that & he dont show effection through gifts , ok i get that statement trust me i do , but notjing like that had ever been said nothing on gift giving or lil surprisrs no conversation at all , & then my friend dies , ( got hit buy a car on a scottet , ) aby way now no he dont & never did , besides. I expect it he said , ( that just made me not want anything from him at all , ) but he be getting. Into my pickets , ( getting money from me not alot cause i dontvhave it like that , ( looking for a job a lil part time ro get me througt tjis hard patch im going threw , anyway like first part of the month o gave him 50.00 for him to get a phone card he said he eithet lost or simebody stole the money from him , anyway today he kept hinting about how he really wants a phone card , im glad im broke , cause it was so ovious what he was doing with the phone bull shit , but i was like i already gave you fifty for a phonevcard im sorry i dont have it , bla bla bla , , although he didnt leave until he got my last 20.00 & left me with no xigs & he didnt care , anyway im getting mad at myself , cause as i sit here & write , talk , remmnises this shit , im stupid , im not sure what he is , but im stupud , my better half of 30 years died unexpextly , almost 3 yrs. Ago , long story short , i lost everything & everybody in my life , so im trying to get up & move on with my life , i figure out my voulenabilty , thanks again , gpd blesz

  2. Nancy July 10, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    All I’ve ever known is unhealthy relationships. From my dad to my 2 husbands. Now I’m 60 and alone. I know God has a plan for me because He loves me. I wish I had this information 30 years ago. Christy, you are so wise. Thank you for publishing this information for the young women that are searching today.
    My prayer is I don’t grow old alone.

    • Christy Johnson July 10, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      Nancy, forget the former things. God redeems the time. And Joel 2:25 says, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.”

  3. Lisa January 12, 2019 at 8:22 am #

    Nancy, I am 52 and share in your sorrow. Hindsight is bittersweet! Bitter because of the pain , suffering, and yuck….but sweet because when we are tested again, we will know better! We don’t have to spend the rest of our lives with men void of Godly character! We now have the chance to learn how to have healthy relationships so that the next time we are tested, we will pass the tests! So thankful for Christy—The Lord has surely sent her to help us and so many others! May God richly bless you, comfort you, and guide you!

    • Christy Johnson January 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

      The truth is that even in a relationship we can feel alone. Even in a crowded room we can feel alone. The alone feeling comes when we are oblivious to God’s presence. I was just telling another reader that when I was much younger, I hated being alone. I always felt alone, rejected and unworthy. I used to immediately turn on the TV or radio as soon as I walked into my apartment. In fact, my light switch activated it because I needed noise to drown out the alone feeling. A few years ago I was driving in my car and realized I’d been driving a lot without the radio on and love it. As I was contemplating how peaceful it was and how different it was to the way I used to be the Lord said, “It’s because you never feel alone. You always feel me right here with you.” I’m telling you it’s so true. I feel his presence so much these days that sometimes I long for times to just be alone. Such a switch!! When we intentionally pursue him, He shows up with peace and joy and confidence. Security, hope. When we invite His presence, He fills in the blank spaces. I’d venture to say, that until we learn how to embrace His presence, a relationship will never be rich enough to satisfy us.

  4. Regina Adkison August 10, 2019 at 4:29 am #

    Thank you so much. I appreciate these devotions and truths.
    God fill my (and others) empty places and more than that help me get rid of hurts, rejection, loneliness, fear and all the other stuff that takes up room so He can fill those places too. God fill my empty places with His love, healing, and His presence. May I (we) be receptive of Him and all He has for me (us ) knowing my (our) identity and worth in Him.

  5. Darlene November 1, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    So I met this guy who lives in Scotland and he swept me off my feet. And I decided I wanted to go meet him face to face and bought a ticket to go there in December. The same day I found out he was sleeping with this girl. He ended it with her. It had only gone on a week. He claims that he only did it because he thought I would never really come see him. He asked me to give him a second chance. I have also found out since then that he has a temper, but he is also epileptic and I think disabled mentally honestly and I still have strong feelings for him. Plus I don’t want to waste the money I spent on the ticket. Should I be giving him a second chance knowing that he cheated on me already? I also had a sexual conversation with a man online and I think it was mostly because I’m so hurt over this and I wanted to get back at him but I haven’t told him about it yet. I’m just in such a bad place in my head.

    • Crystal November 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

      Darlene: It seems like he may not value the relationship that you have as much as you do. Your willingness to pay for a ticket overseas, no matter how successful and capable you are of paying for the ticket, may indicate to him that you are vulnerable and easy prey. Also, if you accept his cheating now, he will expect you to accept the same and maybe worse in the future. Run away!! One more thing – don’t entertain any sexual conversations unless the man shows you he wants commitment. Focus on God and He will show you who is for you.

  6. Shelly March 7, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    Thank you for this article and for the biblical insight. Most of us make these mistakes because we don’t want to be alone and some men see the need in us to be loved and cherished and they pretend to fill that need . They can do the right things but the character of a virtuous person is missing. They don’t add up. The difference between genuine love and simple manipulation is the motive of the action. One is selfless and solely for your benefit and the second is selfish and for their own selfish gain. Don’t get me wrong women do it as well.

    I have been hurt recently. Deeply betrayed by someone like this. All the signs were there and God spoke to me through my intuition but I so wanted to believe he loved me and would change. So I ignored all the warning signs, the lies, the inconsistencies etc.

    But what I know is that God never leaves you. He comes for you and He honors your prayers. When you can’t seem to get out of the mess in your own He comes for you and He lifts you out.

    I started to pray for God to reveal what is wrong. Thinking that it could be fixed, that He would show us how to fix us. I say us because he pretended to want to change want to fix us. But what God revealed was so devastating. I was shattered. There was no truth in this man and I was living a lie with him. He was living a double life with me.

    Yes like some of you I felt shell shocked angry and hurt. I also felt stupid for loving someone like that. And I don’t mean just the emotion and feeling of love. I mean loving by giving of yourself, time , efforts, money and your resources.

    I’m going through the healing process. And came across this blog and site because I am searching for materials to help me. Not just any material but spiritually sound material..

    I mourned for a while over this man but God has opened my eyes to see that he saved me from a toxic relationship and individual. Through articles like this. I read it and said God I will mourn no more but I will thank you. Yes I am alone but he’s teaching me to depend on Him first. He will supply my needs all of them. Including my need for genuine love and companionship.

    Do I hurt still? Yes. Do I cry still ? Yes. Am I lonely still? Yes. But all in decreasing quantities. I am being healed and one day I will be able to look back on this without hurting and crying. One day I will be able to help another going through what I have.

    What I want to say is that if you want to heal God’s way it won’t be easy. It would have been easy to hate him but I cannot. God calls me to love. I refuse to become bitter . So I chose to forgive him totally. I choose to love him as God wants me to. It’s not easy but God can and is doing it in me. I asked Him to help me.

    That being said it’s important to set boundaries and protect yourself. If it was just physical abuse it would be easy to see that you have to leave the situation. But we don’t see that what these people are doing is mental and emotional abuse , which scars just as deep or more so. The pain lasts longer. But sometimes it takes us longer to recognize we are being abused and even longer to remove ourselves from the situation. But you have to.

    Like I said God helped me by revealing the deception full blast because I wasn’t listening to the subtle warnings. Like Christy said listen, be vigilant and heed the warning signs. Save yourself from a lifetime of hurt. Run!! Don’t waste your life on someone who isn’t worth it. Remove yourself and give God the opening and opportunity to bless you with someone who is genuine.

    God bless all you hurting souls out there. Know that He is a present help and even when you feel alone you are not. He is with you and is working on your behalf. Because God genuinely loves you.

    • Y’nobe Ceasar September 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

      You have no idea how much you just poured into me!! I needed to see this tonight… this was confirmation from God

      • Christy Johnson September 2, 2020 at 8:23 am #

        I’m so thankful! Praying that God continues to illuminate His truth to you with even more revelation!

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