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Key Verse

“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Proverbs 9:17).

Text — Proverbs 9:13-18


Both wisdom and stupidity invite the passers-by to “turn in hither.” While wisdom invites the youths to a feast of meat and bread, stupidity invites them to a binge of stolen water and bread eaten in secret. In the Scriptures, experiencing intimate relationship with a beloved wife is likened to drinking refreshing water from a running well (Proverbs 5:15-18). Stolen water, on the other hand, represents immoral intimate relations carried out by the unmarried. Such waters are made to appear sweet and pleasant. But remember, “All that glitters is not gold.”

The secret bread is given the appearance of being more delicious than the bread and meat of wisdom.  But the end is not usually pleasant. Often, illicit affairs end in sorrow and pain. Many a youth is today languishing in regrets and guilt due to one dangerous experimentation with sin. Prince Amnon died through immoral act with his half-sister. Yes, stolen waters may indeed be sweet, but at the end, the mouth is filled with gravels. To view what is forbidden as attractive is a mark of stupidity.


Often, illicit affairs end in sorrow


Shun illicit relationships.

Prayer for today

Lord, help me to abhor the forbidden.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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