Proverbs 6:27–29 (NKJV) — 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
The penalty for moral impurity is certain. It is impossible to dabble in moral impurity and to emerge unscathed. Involvement in moral impurity is compared to fire and hot coals. It may look alluring and attractive, but once embraced it burns and destroys. The sense of the Hebrew word translated touches is “to make physical contact with.” Touching another man’s wife results in the breaking down of barriers that guard against immorality.