I’ve just read this on page 23 of the SPCK published “An Acceptable Sacrifice; Sexuality and the Church“:
Many aspects of the sexual morality of the Old Testament are either unfamiliar or uncomfortable for modern readers … There is no prohibition of prostitution, and indeed Proverbs 6:26 seems to recommend it as an alternative to adultery (“a harlot may be hired for a loaf of bread, but an adulteress stalks a man’s very life).
Yes, words fail me as well. More shocking is that this piece is written by Andrew Mein who is the Old Testament Tutor at Westcott House, Cambridge. If Andrew had cared to quote the verse before then he would have seen that the context was entirely different. Here’s the verses from the ESV:
Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
See the point being made? You might think that a quick fling is cheap, but in actuality in ensnares you. I can’t read this section by Mein but in any other light as someone who wants to deliberately cast doubt on the reliability of Scripture. What say you?