A search for wisdom doesn’t come unhindered. There are other influences in one’s life that threaten that search. They can be good or bad, but are ultimately unhelpful. One bad and unhelpful influence is presented here, and she sure is a wily one. The foolish woman (it’s also been translated as “Folly”) uses tactics that wisdom uses, but has she the same value? What she says has a tiny grain of truth, but often the best lies have truth as the cover page.
“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”;”
A bit of inside information later, and we are sure this woman is nothing like wisdom. She is simple and knows nothing, and yet calls for the simple to come to her! What impudence. And yet here is a fine example of something to be wary of when you are seeking wisdom. The foolish woman calls over passer-bys to her as if she has something good to offer. Her throne is the step up to her home, and her boisterous attitude is appealing, but not for long. She does not wish the simple or those without understanding to gain wisdom! She wants them for her own ends. Her mind is focused on one thing, and one thing only.
“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.”
Was it a surprise that this woman is desirous of the forbidden and illegitimate, or that following the way of folly would end here? The foolish woman uses a faulty argument to get these men to enter her house, but it has ever worked for her, so she’ll keep on using it!
Stealing water and bread may bring a victorious feeling and taste terrific, but when you are caught the feeling and taste are forgotten, and the punishment is very severe. To ignore this warning is to treat wisdom with contempt. “The foolish woman knows nothing,” and so do you if you side with her. The foolish way ends in death.
The truth is this: God is the giver of life, and He has given us the way to live. We can’t follow Him fully without the change of heart we need in Christ. Our ways need to conform to His, and that will only happen if we repent of our sins and turn and trust in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Christianity is different from worldly wisdom in this way: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)” Amen.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.