John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 3 (Proverbs 31:3)

Give not thy strength unto women ,.... Strength of body, which is weakened by an excessive use of venery F2 "Venus enervat vireis", Avienus. with a multiplicity of women; see, Proverbs 5:9 ; and strength of mind, reason, and wisdom, which is impaired by conversation with such persons; whereby time is consumed and lost, which should be spent in the improvement of knowledge: or "thy riches", as the Septuagint and Arabic versions, thy substance, which harlots devour, and who bring a man to a piece of bread, as the prodigal was, Proverbs 6:26 ; and even drain the coffers of kings and princes;

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" F3 Don Joseph apud Schindler. col. 990. ; for whoredom weakens the mind as well as the body.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary