Two Women

The book of Proverbs describes two women.  One is the immoral woman, the temptress, the seductress (Proverbs 2:16; 5:3; 5:20; 6:24; 7:5; 20:16; 22:14; 23:27; 27:13).  Her lips drip with honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood” (Proverbs 5:3-4).  “Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids” (Proverbs 6:25).  “Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths” (Proverbs 7:25).  “The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there” (Proverbs 22:14).  “She lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men” (Proverbs 23:28).

 The other is wisdom (notice how wisdom is depicted as a female – Proverbs 1:20-27; 2:1-5; 8:1-6; 9:1-6; etc.).  She cries out, ‘Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things.  For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.  All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them” (Proverbs 8:6-8).   “…Receive my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold” (Proverbs 8:10).  “…Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.  My fruit is better than gold, yes than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver” (Proverbs 8:18-19).  “… Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 8:35).  She is said to be “better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her” (Proverbs 8:11).  Robert Morey has commented, “Wisdom in Proverbs is ‘seeing life from God’s perspective’” (How to Answer a Jehovah’s Witness, p. 20).

The two women represent two manners of life, both vying for affection.  One represents a life contrary to God.  The other represents a life which fears and follows the LORD (cf. Proverbs 1:7; 3:7; 9:10; 15:33).  Which will you choose?

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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