Let Augustine’s Life Illumine Solomon’s Warning
Folly calls aloud,
Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. (Proverbs 9:17)
The water is no different whether stolen or bought. Why does it taste different when stolen? Here is Augustine’s experience from his Confessions which are written as a prayer to God.
I was willing to steal, and steal I did, although I was not compelled by any lack, unless it were the lack…