Traits of a Foolish Woman


     Contrary to the belief of some, there are a few things which cannot be fixed with duct tape.  The folly of sexual impurity is one of them.

     Returning to a topic which has been prominent in the beginning of the book of Proverbs, Solomon revisits this subject one last time with these concluding words: “A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knows nothing.  For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: ‘Whoever is simple, let him turn in here’; and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, ‘Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’  But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:13-18).

     A foolish woman is a promiscuous woman.  Solomon details several of her prominent, foolish characteristics.

  • She is clamorous. Her beauty does not arise from a meek and quiet spirit like it does in a godly woman (1 Peter 3:4).  Rather, she seeks attention by being boisterous and loud.
  • She lives in the moment. She has not learned wisdom from the past, nor focused upon anything which may be spiritually profitable in the present.  Her thoughts and words are upon the unimportant and trivial.
  • She is indiscreet. Her lack of sense and shame is on public display, and she thinks nothing of it.  She is so spiritually bankrupt that she does not know how to blush.
  • She is a thief. The sinfulness of sexual impurity heightens her desire for it.  Giving to a man what does not rightfully belong to him and taking from a man what does not rightfully belong to her is not a deterrent to her actions but an incentive.  She is a thief and proud of it.
  • She is a fool. The pleasures of sin are temporary.  The spiritual death and guilt her illicit trysts bring will have eternal consequences.  What a horrific exchange.  What a foolish choice.
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