The Bible gives clear insight into what happened to General Petraeus:“For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life” (Proverbs 6:26).
First, the General got involved with a “whorish” woman, one that gives sex for a price. He knew that in battle there comes a time when you have to retreat. In his personal life, he didn’t understand this.
The Bible says to “flee fornication” (I Corinthians 6:18). This means ‘run’ or ‘flee’ from a whorish woman. Run. Do not be found in an office, a car, or a house with some young woman, unless your wife is present or you are in view of others.
Shmulet Boteach wrote, "The lesson for the rest of us mere mortals is that if someone with the iron discipline of General Petraeus can err this big, we all need to be on our guard."
This woman apparently jump started her career by writing the biography of Petraeus, her first. Since his name made it a best seller, she was obviously well paid for her sexual favors. She was no $50 whore. Her reward was much, much more, but a whore no less.
Second the verse aptly declares that whores bring men down to where they are worthless men, worthless as a piece of bread. Petraeus lost the respect of a nation where he was honored by being considered for the presidency. He lost the admiration of his peers. He lost the confidence of his family. He lost his job at the CIA. He lost his confidence. He could conquer armies but one little woman brought him down.
The third Bible insight is “the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.” They are hunters and like deer hunters they want a nice trophy to hang on the wall. She had done something the other girls had not been able to do. Now she can brag about having seduced a great general.
Do not think for a minute sex was her primary goal. Though its pleasure may have been a factor, it was not the primary factor. If it had been she would surely have sought out a young man in the prime of his manhood.
Jesus Christ offers the power to resist temptation to all who will receive it: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12).