Adultery and Vengeance
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband’s fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.
As we saw last week in the commentary on Proverbs 6:30-31, people may accept restitution for stealing, but nothing can make up for the terrible effects of adultery. The feelings of betrayal and jealousy lead to vicious fury and a desire for revenge. Solomon presents this dire warning in an attempt to burn into our minds the devastating effects of adultery. Sin has consequences. Far beyond the danger of a vengeful spouse is the fact that sin unrepented of leads to eternal death (Romans 6:23).
For more about adultery and God’s law, see “Seventh Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery.”