Thursday, September 1, 2011

Proverbs 11:22

Isn't that pretty? What you don't think so? 
How about this one:

There, not even one of you can say that one is pretty.

I looked up the commentary on this one and I really love the way Matthew Henry describes this verse, 

"It is lamented that beauty should be so abused as it is by those that have not modesty with it. It seems ill-bestowed upon them; it is quite misplaced, as a jewel in a swine’s snout, with which he roots in the dunghill. If beauty be not guarded by virtue, the virtue is exposed by the beauty. It may be applied to all other bodily endowments and accomplishments; it is a pity that those should have them who have not discretion to use them well."

Did you get that picture in your mind? A woman who does not live her life with discretion might have outward beauty, but the beauty is wasted...kind of like a pig digging in a pile of doo doo with his nose ornament.

Beauty is not so beautiful when you've got that big nose ring sticking out for all to see.


Belinda said...

Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears come to mind. Poor things are lovely, but are known for their sad lifestyles.

The Bible says "Beauty is fleeting...", but in our society, looks are more important than integrity. I hope and pray that I can push aside the worries of my looks and focus on inner beauty that pleases our Lord, and touches others.

Snoodles said...

Ah, Belinda, that becomes easier with time! LOL As I have (dare I say it?) passed 50, my hair has thinnned but my waist has not...I sure hope that my spirit is making up for all that!
Seriously, though, I like what Tonya has for us here, and I would just add one thing: since the nose ring was placed on the beast's snout to hinder him from doing mischief, I think that it's safe to say that discretion, and virtue, are placed in our hearts to keep us from doing mischief, too!

Belinda said...

Hmmm, I've passed 50 myself...will be 53 soon. My waist has expanded as well and it's hard to accept in myself. So, I'd better be beautiful on the inside now!!! I need a ring...