Wisdom versus the Clamorous Woman

Today, I read Proverbs 9. I had never noticed before how the beginning of the chapter and the end of the chapter are so similar.

1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city, 4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,5 “Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.

13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. 14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way: 16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 17 “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” 18 But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.

And what does clamorous mean?

1. to murmur, growl, roar, cry aloud, mourn, rage, sound, make noise, tumult, be clamorous, be disquieted, be loud, be moved, be troubled, be in an uproar
1. (Qal)
1. to growl
2. to murmur (fig. of a soul in prayer)
3. to roar
4. to be in a stir, be in a commotion
5. to be boisterous, be turbulent

Whoa: a noisy, unsettled woman who causes commotion.

So to be always in a tizzy is to be clamorous, to be clamorous is to be foolish, and to be foolish is to entice others to join us in death and destruction. Can you say O-U-C-H?

Clearly, it is better to fully rely on God to meet our needs, to plan our work and work our plan, and to not allow the circumstances of the day to determine our outlook or reactions. We need to REST in HIm, even as we go about our tasks.

2 thoughts on “Wisdom versus the Clamorous Woman

  1. I believe the Bible tells us that our tongue is the hardest organ to control (growling, murmuring). I have found that relying on Jesus Christ to keep my tongue and attitude under control is essential. It is a must. I have to keep Jesus at the forefront of all in my life. God first! It sure helps with the murmuring and growling.

  2. Thanks for dropping by Sylvia! I totally hear you on the tongue thing. So often I have to ask forgiveness for what my tongue did while my heart and brain were still on vacation. It’s tied directly to the heart, you know. That’s why we are told to guard well the heart, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

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