Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
– Proverbs 2:17
Solomon describes the character of the strange woman. She is pictured as being unreliable and unfaithful. She forsakes and forgets her commitments of life. The word for guide is sometimes translated as friend. It means a close intimate friend and here, “guide of her youth” refers to her husband. She is well painted as an adulterous. The covenant mentioned refers to the covenant of the law, which forbade adultery (Exodus 20:14) and the lust that leads to it (Exodus 20:17). She is a woman of hard conscience, willing and ready to pursue her lusts wherever they may lead.