A House Filled with Death

The Bible is very expressive. The language of God’s Word contains lots of different literary techniques. Sometimes it uses beautiful descriptions. Often, it shares cautions and challenges for us to follow. There are hidden meanings, but also overt commands. It gives analogies, types, symbols, and word pictures.

Today is an analogy. Foolishness is compared to a woman. But not just any woman, it’s an unruly one. The word here is hamah and it means to murmur, growl, roar, be boisterous. She sounds unpleasant indeed.

Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!’ But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” Proverbs 9:13-18

This unruly “hamah” woman, foolishness, is simple, knows nothing, and yet calls out inviting others to join.

But to join what?

To steal, to partake of the stolen food in secret. And then we have the rest of the invitation. It is not overtly spoken or seen by the one entering the house of this unruly one, yet true nonetheless. When a person enters the house of foolishness, it’s filled with death.

That is so scary.

Heavenly Father, guard our steps. Keep us from foolishness. Help us to follow Your wisdom.


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