Give not thy strength unto women ,.... Strength of body, which is weakened by an excessive use of venery
nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings ; do not give thy mind to take such courses, and pursue such ways and methods, as bring ruin on kings and kingdoms, as conversation with harlots does; see Proverbs 7:26 . Some think the design of this advice is to warn against any ambitious views of enlarging his dominions by invading neighbouring countries, and making war with neighbouring kings, to the ruin of them; but the former sense seems best. The Targum is,
"nor thy ways to the daughters of kings.'
Solomon was given to women, who proved very pernicious to him, 1 Kings 11:1 . Some render it, "which destroyeth counsel"