(Proverbs 5:4 KJV) But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
The KJV and NASB express “end” (319) differently. It isn’t clear if the bitterness belongs to the adulteress or the people who listen to her. The sad truth about life is that we often don’t get hit by the consequences of our actions until it is too late to change. When finished products come out of the mold or the kiln you find out if the metal or clay was prepared properly. That which is cracked or marred is thrown away or recycled. We don’t have that option in life.
How can we end well? Watch those who have done it. Look at what they lived by. Ask yourself were they drinking at the “lips of an adulteress” (verse 3) or observing discretion (verse 2). Keep in mind that stale bread makes stale toast.
So? Invest now. Practice quality control. Wait for the harvest.