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Proverbs 6:27-29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
27 Can a man carry[1] fire in his bosom
    and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals
    and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
    none who touches her will go unpunished.

Can a man carry fire in his bosom: Solomon is using fire (Heb. ʾēš) to emphasize the danger of adultery, that is, the consequences of the man’s actions. The bosom (Heb. êq) is a person’s chest or breast, an area of the body between the waist and where the shoulders and arms meet, which is used to fold one’s garment into a sort of pocket for carrying things.

And his clothes not be burned: A rhetorical question, which is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer. The answer here is a definite no.

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Or can a man walk on hot coals: The hot coals (Heb. gǎ·ḥǎl) (char coal) is a hot fragment of coal that had been made from wood, which is left from a fire and is still smoldering.

And his feet not be scorched: The feet (Heb. rě·ḡěl) here refer to the soles of the feet. It is another rhetorical question, which is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer. The answer again is a definite no.

So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife: Here Solomon is comparing the one who commits adultery to the one who gets burned in verses 27-28.

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none who touches her will go unpunished: Here touches (Heb. kōl) goes beyond some incidental contact of a handshake or a kiss or a hug as a greeting, as it refers to immoral adulterous sexual relations. Such a sinner will surely be punished.

This pictorial message is all too clear, as there is no way of committing adultery, and not suffering the consequences in some fashion. The picture that these two questions paint is that most generally, it is not some mild pain, but something that will bring about agonizing, unbearable pain, which will scar you for life.

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