The later prophets are what we normally think of as prophets. They stood out against authority and asked people to reform their ways to that of Yahweh, their God. They were writing prophets, as opposed to the early prophets who did not write, but were written about. These later prophets are normally divided into the three major prophets and the twelve Minor Prophets. There were three famous major writing prophets whose works are very long. Isaiah lived in the 8th century BCE, but his work was not finished until around the 6th century BCE. On the other hand, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were 6th century BCE prophetic writers around the time of the Babylonian Exile.
“Preserve yourself from the wife of another!
Preserve yourself from the smooth tongue of the adulteress!
Do not desire her beauty in your heart!
Do not let her capture you with her eyelashes!
A prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread.
But the wife of another stalks a man’s very life.
Can fire be carried in one’s bosom
Without burning one’s clothes?
Can one walk upon hot coals
Without scorching one’s feet?
So is he who sleeps
With his neighbor’s wife.
No one who touches her will go unpunished.
Thieves who steal
Only to satisfy their appetite,
When they are hungry,
Are not despised.
Yet if they are caught,
They will pay sevenfold.
They will forfeit all the goods of their house.
But he who commits adultery has no sense.
He destroys himself.
He will get wounds and dishonor.
His disgrace will not be wiped away.
Jealousy arouses a husband’s fury.
He shows no restraint when he takes revenge.
He will accept no compensation.
He refuses a bribe
No matter how great.”
This is a very long presentation on the evils of adultery. In fact, it almost seems to condone prostitution and thievery as lesser evils than adultery. Very clearly, you should stay away from the wife of another person. Watch out for her smooth tongue and eyelashes. I did not know that eyelashes were signs of beauty 2,500 years ago. The prostitute’s fee was just that of a loaf of bread. They were a lot cheaper back then. However, being involved with another man’s wife can ruin your entire life. If you play with fire, you will get burned. If you walk on hot coals, you will burn your feet. If you sleep with your neighbor’s wife, it will not go unpunished. If you stole something because you were hungry, you would have to pay for it 7 times over from the goods of your house. However, you would continue to live. However, with adultery you destroy yourself. You will be wounded, dishonored, and disgraced in a way that it will not go away. In fact, the jealous husband will not be restrained when attacking you. No compensation or bribe will make him forget. You put your life on the line. So be careful with your neighbor’s wife.