Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, (Proverbs 9:1, 13, 14 ESV)
Chapter 9 brings to a conclusion the saga of two women.
The writer of Proverbs has uged his son to consider the two women in detail. The attributes and traits of one, the tactics and strategies of the other. The outcomes of both and the reasons to consider the best choice to enjoy life.
Every day we face situations where we are approached by both. Every time we wake up, we are invited to choose which house we’ll approach to determine the day. Every time we have those awkward conversations, we are invited to choose which house we’ll approach to determine the nature of the conversation. Every time we check the bank balance and consider think about the responsibilities and the desires we are invited to choose which house we’ll approach to determine the best use of our resources.
IF we think that the writer of Proverbs is just talking about marital fidelity, then we miss the point of how the Adulteress represents Folly. There’s a word that’s not used often, but refers to something powerfully influential. Foolishness, that as we will learn is a trait we often have from childhood, is capable of enticing us to make the wrong decisions.
Which house will you choose to help you in your approach today?
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden