Proverbs 9:13

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

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Lady Wisdom has a competitor, and many men fall for her. But she is offensive and repulsive to wise men. She is noisy and foolish, overbearing and stupid, talkative and ignorant. Of course, this description is not very flattering to women, but it does not apply to the gracious and wise members of that sex. Here Solomon described a foolish woman.

This woman is not only a fool; she is also a whore (Pr 9:14-18). She is described in contrast to Lady Wisdom, whom you can read about in the first part of the chapter (Pr 9:1-6). Solomon’s line of instruction is this: all men, and especially young men, have two women pursuing them – Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly. Which woman will you choose?

But the teaching here is important for men and women, for wise women will avoid these three character traits, and wise men will reject any woman with them. There are clear indicators that reveal a woman’s foolish heart – she is noisy, gullible, and ignorant. Wise women are quiet, prudent, and knowledgeable. The difference is obvious and significant.

A foolish woman is clamorous – irritating and loud (Pr 7:11). The world cannot stand her noise, especially those born or married to her (Pr 30:21-23). Men will go anywhere to escape her (Pr 21:9,19; 25:24). Her chatter is like a dripping water torture (Pr 27:15-16). Young man, if you want peace, reject talkative or opinionated women (Pr 17:1; 19:13). God loves quiet, gracious, and kind women; find one (Pr 11:16; 31:26; I Pet 3:3-4).

A foolish woman is simple – she is gullible and vulnerable to most any stupid idea (Pr 14:15; 28:26). She is a silly woman of the perilous last days – these days – being taken captive easily by false teachers (II Tim 3:6-7). Fads or trivia on any subject catch her childish fancy. Truly a much weaker vessel, as proven by her quick defeat in the Garden of Eden, she feeds on emotion, the media, popularity, sentiment, and political correctness.

A foolish woman knows nothing – she is ignorant of truth and wisdom (Pr 17:24; 18:2; 24:7). She is always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (II Tim 3:6-7). She has not learned the divine wisdom of asking her husband at home (I Cor 14:34-35). She trusts her own heart, regardless what others or the facts may prove (Pr 28:26). She increases only in age and weight; she does not grow in truth and wisdom.

Two churches also seek the souls of men. There is the bride of Christ, the true church, and there is the great whore and her daughters, the false churches of this world (Rev 17:1-6). False churches create an arrogant and noisy clamor, but they are simple and ignorant of truth altogether. They have turned away from sound doctrine to entertainment and fables to keep their unregenerate or carnal groupies attending (II Tim 4:3-4). Beware!