Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving.
But if he is caught, he will be fined seven times as much as he stole, even if it means selling everything in his house to pay it back.
But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul.
Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot. His shame will never be erased.
For the woman's husband will be furious in his jealousy, and he will have no mercy in his day of vengeance.
There is no compensation or bribe that will satisfy him.