An Unruly Woman
Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 8-9
Key verses: Proverbs 9:13-18
I know. It’s not exactly “politically correct” to talk about “unruly” women. But blame it on Proverbs – not me.
Actually, it’s not about women – or men – for that matter. It’s about “folly.”
Now folly isn’t exactly a term you hear or use every day. But it’s worth pondering now and then.
Call it by any of the other similar words in the Thesaurus:
Foolishness; madness, stupidity; idiocy; silliness; craziness or recklessness…the warning is the same. Steer clear of it.
Proverbs uses a colorful image to make the point.
A reckless, foolhardy woman “sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.”
She calls out to anyone who will listen – inviting them in – to taste “forbidden” pleasures.
“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
Whatever that means.
But the final sentence says it all: “But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.”
The foolish; the reckless are being invited to a party – the last one they will ever attend alive.
While it may sound a little like that old song about the “Hotel California” the message is a sound one. We can, too often, make choices that are not only foolish – not only folly – but are also potentially deadly as well.
So be careful. Walk carefully. Don’t listen to unruly women, or men, offering you something for nothing.
It may cost you dearly indeed.
Prayer: Lord, give me discernment, that I avoid foolish and reckless choices, no matter how enticing. AMEN.