God wants us to be wise. He has given us His Holy Spirit. We have all the tools. The challenge is to focus on the right things.
Is our focus on beauty and how we look? Or is our focus on God, His will and His son Jesus?
Pursuing beauty at the expense of His wisdom is like …. Well, we get it. No point in it at all.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Proverbs 11:22). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Israelite women wore nose rings for ornamental purposes, like earrings and rings on fingers today. How incongruous to suppose a nose ring would beautify a pig, a notoriously unclean animal!
Similarly it is incongruous to suppose that a woman’s physical beauty can excuse her lack of discretion (moral perception). This verse has an unusual impact by comparing a beautiful woman to an ugly pig.
Outward female beauty with indiscreet conduct is valueless and morally ugly. This is the first of many verses in Proverbs that use the word like or “as” to make a comparison, in what is called emblematic parallelism.
Do I understand? Do I get the point? Will I choose wisdom?