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