Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

[9 at twilight, as the day was fading,

   as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,

   dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.]

11 (She is unruly and defiant,

   her feet never stay at home;

12 now in the street, now in the squares,

   at every corner she lurks.)


 While the senseless youth is enamored by this woman’s appearance – and the unrealistic promises of temptation – he fails to consider her character. Yet this more than anything will determine his experience with her. She is a creature of impulse, incapable of commitment, driven by appetite. She defies authority, submitting to no one, unable to restrain herself.

 “Her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.” What can be said of her home? She abandons her responsibilities, letting things slide into chaos, another proof of her instability. Instead she wanders from place to place, running from her past, pursuing excitement wherever she goes. Never content with where she is or who she is with, oblivious that she is the source of her own unhappiness.

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