] a jewel
From an unused root of uncertain meaning; a nose ring
From an unused root meaning to shimmer
; figuratively something gold colored
(that is, yellow
), as oil
, a clear sky
in a swine's
From an unused root probably meaning to inclose
; a hog
(perhaps as penned
; properly the nose
; hence the face
, and occasionally a person
; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire
] a fair
(literally of figuratively).
The first form is the feminine of H0376
; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman
(used in the same wide sense as H0582
which is without
A primitive root; to turn
off (literally or figuratively).
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814
Count - 5386
; properly a taste
, that is, (figuratively) perception
; by implication intelligence
; transitively a mandate
_ _ Jewels were often suspended from the nose (Genesis 24:47; Isaiah 3:21). Thus adorned, a hog disgusts less than a fair and indiscreet woman.
_ _ By discretion here we must understand religion and grace, a true taste and relish (so the word signifies) of the honours and pleasures that attend an unspotted virtue; so that a woman without discretion is a woman of a loose and dissolute conversation; and then observe, 1. It is taken for granted here that beauty or comeliness of body is as a jewel of gold, a thing very valuable, and, where there is wisdom and grace to guard against the temptations of it, it is a great ornament, (Gratior est pulchro veniens de corpore virtus Virtue appears peculiarly graceful when associated with beauty); but a foolish wanton woman, of a light carriage, is fitly compared to a swine, though she be ever so handsome, wallowing in the mire of filthy lusts, with which the mind and conscience are defiled, and, though washed, returning to them. 2. 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.
So is a fair woman without discretion
"Of beauty vain, of virtue void, What art thou in the sight of God? A slave to every base desire, A creature wallowing in the mire. Go, gaudy pageant of a day, Thy folly, with thy face display: Set all thy charms and graces out, And shew the Jewel in thy snout!"
- a jewel:
Proverbs 31:30 Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Ezekiel 16:15-22 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. ... And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, [and] wast polluted in thy blood.
Nahum 3:4-6 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. ... And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; ... But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
- is without:
- Heb. departed from,
Proverbs 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
Proverbs 9:13 A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.
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