Pathways Through Proverbs
August 9, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 9
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Following Scripture Verses
- Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
- She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
- She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
- Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
- He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
- Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
- Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
- For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
- If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
- A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
- For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
- To call passengers who go right on their ways:
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
- But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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As we have repeatedly pointed out through this study, chapter 9 is a contrast between the choices of wisdom and foolishness. In this verse Solomon begins showing the character of foolishness. While these verses serve as an illustration, it is worth noting that Solomon does give a definition of the foolish woman here.
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The first characteristic of a foolish woman is that she is clamorous. That word "clamorous" literally means "to make a loud sound", and thus by implication means that the woman is loud and angry. She keeps the house in a constant uproar. She is never satisfied with what is going on, and she voices her displeasure loudly. She fights with her husband, her kids, and anyone else that she can find, because she is a fool. She is self-centered, and thus she demands her own way. If someone does not please her, she is quick to let them know about it. She forces her family, and others, to pay attention to her through her loud rantings, for she can not possibly be ignored. She is unwilling to allow her husband to lead the home, so she bucks him at every opportunity. She does not have the spirituality to discipline her children correctly, so she yells at them. She chooses to not solve problems in Scriptural manner, so her only solution is to attempt to out-scream her opponent.
This woman needs to put into practice the words of Peter, who stated that a woman's greatest adorning was "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (I Peter 3:4). Of course, this will never happen until she begins to make decisions that are based upon Biblical wisdom.
Ladies, are you clamorous? If you are, it tells you whether you are foolish or wise.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery