Proverbs 5:14-16 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets
What is a cistern? It’s a place water can flow into, to be controlled. What is a well? It’s a certain place from which to draw water. What about a fountain? Fountains spray water around for everyone to see, yet keeps all the water for itself. How about a river? A river directs water from one place to another and keeps it within its banks.
At the time of the writing of this passage of scripture, water was very scarce and valuable. Solomon is using word pictures to help us understand the value of an intimate relationship. In the previous verses, he had just finished warning us about sinful sexual relations. A person might read this and wonder, is a physical relationship always sinful? Therefore, he takes the time to tell us, in the right framework, it defiantly is not.
The wife here is referred to as a Cistern, and Well. This shows her great value, as she has within her the ability to bring great joy to her husband like no other. Water is a picture of that passionate, loving relationship. It is so valuable to a marriage. Many believe when today’s verses speak of the water in the streets, it’s referring to the children produced from this intimate monogamous relationship. How they might bring honor in the place where you live.
Think of what happens if a fountain cracks, and begins to leak, or a river overflows its banks. This is a serious problem, which can destroy, and take lives. So it is with untamed love.
Love is precious, and designed to be very special, and personal. Solomon wants his son to know, marital relationships are not to be lived without the joys of the passionate love which God created. However, it is always meant to stay within the boundaries of marriage relationship.
An intimate relationship between a husband and wife, is one of the closest bonds a couple might experience. God knew this when he designed it. Enjoying life together with our mate was God’s desire, and design. God’s designs are always the best.
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Numbers 22-25 / Proverbs 5:14-16
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