“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. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth” (Proverbs 5:14-18).
There may be some that think me old fashioned, but I assure you that God is more so! The above Scripture verses are from the Bible and not something I have drawn up. They are part of a treatise on love and marriage, and the bounds within. As with all the Proverbs, if we would like a hassle-free life we should do our very best to follow this wisdom. God is the only One who knows what’s best for us. If we think, for one moment, that we can run our own lives- we are deceiving ourselves.
Rejoice with thy wife? If you speak that language today you may be stoned by the crowd. Marriage is scorned today. Most young folk, having watched their parents go unmarried, choose to go the route of sin as they. You’ll hear so called ‘men’ say they don’t want to be tied down. They want their cake and pie too. And our women say things like, oh it’s just a piece of paper- we don’t need that. Well, well, well, let me say these ‘men’ are spineless boys who shun responsibility and are pumped full of pride. How dare they take a step down and say they love one woman and will devote themselves to her. And our dear ladies, who say such things are only deceiving themselves. There isn’t many damsels alive who still don’t wish a knight would sweep them off their feet and marry them. One that would treasure them and pledge his life until death do they part.
Verse 14 reminds us to keep our thoughts pure. One theologian states, “As the watchman kept the gate of the city, so must the purity of God keep watch and ward at eye-gate, ear-gate, and touch-gate, lest some emissary of evil gain entrance and betray the citadel. Let Christ be the custodian of thy soul, whether thou be man or woman, old or young, and let Him impart to thee His own divine and human purity.” We are to keep our minds on our own spouses and be enamored by their love.
Adultery and fornication (relations outside of marriage) are sins. Within the confines of a Godly marriage an individual is free from guilt, shame, sin and disease. After reading that, who wouldn’t want to rejoice with the wife (husband) of thy youth?