Jewelry on a Pig – Proverbs 11

Jewelry on a pig. This proverb always cracks me up, and I can’t escape reading it every time I pass by.

“Like a ring of gold in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” Proverbs 11:22 NIV.

Imagine a female pig dressing up, and then imagine she thinks she’s beautiful when she starts rooting her nose in the mud for something tasty. Dressing up in jewelry is not a good idea when you’re getting ready to run in the mud. She’s showing no discretion.

My dictionary says discretion is the ability to decide responsibly. My imaginary pig is not behaving very responsibly with her jewelry, is she! According to this proverb, a woman who lacks discretion, though she is beautiful, is as ridiculous as my pig.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis


By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


  1. :^ ) I try not to oink too often! I had to laugh too when i reread it with that in mind!

  2. Proverbs 11 — discretion is the better part of valor” or “Hold Your Tongue!”

    “with his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor” 11:9

    “through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed” 11:11

    “a man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue” 11:12

    “A gossip betrays a confidence…” 11:13

    “like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion” 11:22

    Oink! Oink!
    How many times in my life have I blurted out something only to wish I hadn’t? How easy it is to thoughtlessly say something hurtful and/or damaging? It can be an embarrassing moment with long-lasting consequences!

    How much better to THINK before speaking! To have discretion and hold my tongue until I’ve thought it through. Then if something still needs to be said, to speak wisely in a way that will build up and instruct instead of tearing down!

    by Marie Whittaker

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