Proverbs 6:32
New International Version
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

New Living Translation
But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself.

English Standard Version
He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.

Berean Study Bible
But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

New American Standard Bible
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

King James Bible
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who commits adultery lacks sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Contemporary English Version
But if you go to bed with another man's wife, you will destroy yourself by your own stupidity.

Good News Translation
But a man who commits adultery doesn't have any sense. He is just destroying himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who commits adultery lacks sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

International Standard Version
Whoever commits adultery with a woman is out of his mind; by doing so he corrupts his own soul.

NET Bible
A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom, whoever does it destroys his own life.

New Heart English Bible
He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who commits adultery with a woman lacks intelligence and is destroying his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever commits adultery with a woman has no sense. Whoever does this destroys himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding; He doeth it that would destroy his own soul.

New American Standard 1977
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But whosoever commits adultery with a woman has a fault in his heart; he that does it corrupts his own soul.

King James 2000 Bible
But whosoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.

American King James Version
But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.

American Standard Version
He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: He doeth it who would destroy his own soul.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the adulterer through want of sense procures destruction to his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall destroy his own soul:

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

English Revised Version
He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: he doeth it that would destroy his own soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
But whoever committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

World English Bible
He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul.

Young's Literal Translation
He who committeth adultery with a woman lacketh heart, He is destroying his soul who doth it.
Study Bible
Warnings Against Adultery
31Yet if caught, he must pay sevenfold; he must give up all the wealth of his house. 32But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. 33Wounds and dishonor will befall him, and his reproach will never be wiped away.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:33
Wounds and dishonor will befall him, and his reproach will never be wiped away.

Proverbs 7:7
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment,

Proverbs 7:22
He follows her on impulse, like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding into a trap,

Proverbs 7:23
until an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare--not knowing it will cost him his life.

Proverbs 9:4
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks judgment she says:

Proverbs 9:16
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks judgment she says:

Proverbs 10:13
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

Proverbs 10:21
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

Proverbs 11:12
Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks judgment, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

Proverbs 12:11
He who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Proverbs 24:30
I went past the field of a sluggard and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment.

Treasury of Scripture

But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.

lacketh

Proverbs 7:7
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Genesis 39:9,10
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? …

Genesis 41:39
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

understanding

Hosea 4:11,12
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart…

destroyeth

Proverbs 2:18,19
For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead…

Proverbs 5:22,23
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins…

Proverbs 7:22,23
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; …







Lexicon
[But] he who commits adultery
נֹאֵ֣ף (nō·’êp̄)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5003: To commit adultery, to apostatize

lacks
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment;
לֵ֑ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

whoever
ה֣וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

does so
יַעֲשֶֽׂנָּה׃ (ya·‘ă·śen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

destroys
מַֽשְׁחִ֥ית (maš·ḥîṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin

himself.
נַ֝פְשׁ֗וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
Verse 32. - But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding. The adversative "but" is wanting in the original, but is clearly demanded by the contrast which is instituted. The man who steals from hunger has a motive for so doing, but the adulterer has no such excuse for his crime, which is an unwarrantable invasion of his neighbour's rights. Because there are honest ways for satisfying his desires, he therefore "lacketh understanding." Committeth adultery with a woman; Hebrew, noeph ishshah; LXX., ὁ μοιχὸς; Vulgate, qui adulter est; i.e. an adulterer. The Hebrew naaph, "to commit adultery," is here followed by an accusative, as in Leviticus 20:10 and Jeremiah 29:23. Lacketh understanding; Hebrew, khasar-lev; deficit corde. The verb khaser is "to be devoid of anything," "to lack." The expression, which occurs again in ch. Proverbs 7:7 aud Proverbs 9:4, refers to the brutish and stupid condition to which lust has reduced him. Lust has displaced right reason. He is expers judicii (Syriac), devoid of judgment, without intelligence, senseless and stupid. In modern phraseology, he has taken leave of his senses. Both the LXX. and Vulgate have combined the two branches of this verse, the former rendering, "But the adulterer, on account of want of intelligence, compasses the loss of his life," and the latter, "But the adulterer, on account of want of intelligence, loses his life." He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul; or literally, whoso will destroy his life he will do this, i.e. adultery. So Ariae Montani, Munsterus, Chaldee Targum. The man who commits adultery is a self-murderer. The phrase, mashkith naph'sho, corrumpens animam suam, may be resolved into the concrete "a self-destroyer," as Delitzsch. The following verses seem to indicate that it is the temporal life which is referred to in nephesh, but the meaning of the term may be extended to embrace not only physical loss of life, but also moral and spiritual loss. By the Levitical Law adultery was punished by death: "The man that committeth adultery with another man's wife ... the adulterer and adulteress shall surely be put to death" (Leviticus 20:10; cf. Deuteronomy 22:22; John 8:4, 5; see also 1 Thessalonians 4:6). 6:20-35 The word of God has something to say to us upon all occasions. Let not faithful reproofs ever make us uneasy. When we consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery is in its own nature, of what evil consequence it is, and how certainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shall not wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated. Let us notice the subjects of this chapter. Let us remember Him who willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers and enemies. And shall Christians, who have such prospects, motives, and examples, be slothful and careless? Shall we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what he will graciously reward? May we closely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds or affections.
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