17 Let them be your own and not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.”
The fifth chapter of proverbs warns men and women equally of the perils of adultery. In these few verses the scriptures give us a beautiful picture of how we ought to care for our spouses. The image is of a man who owns his own well, but its being warned against using other men’s well for his refreshment. In these verses the saying is not the grass is greener on the other side, but the water seems fresher in the other well. The scriptures warns us that we can’t draw water from two wells at the same time, and if we are taking water from another man’s well most likely there will be another man lurking in our own well. It would be foolish if we are using another man’s well when our own is being neglected, and our water could be dispersed in the street for other people to enjoy. Therefore, the Bible command us to take care of our own well so that we can enjoy a lifetime of refreshing water. Taking care of our well means we ought to love, nourish, cherish and be satisfied with our wives which the Lord has entrusted to us (Ephesians 5:25-33).
- Written by Ray Angulo