Themes in Proverbs: Man and Woman

Proverbs 11:22

As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout -So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.


What is the point of this proverb?

In ancient cultures, a gold ring in a female’s nose was an adornment of beauty (Genesis 24:22; Isaiah 3:21).

Just as a gold ring in the nose of a pig does not change the pig into something beautiful so too the woman who lack discretion does not become beautiful because of her physical appearances.


Have you ever known someone who looked nice and dressed nice but they were not very nice?

This is what Proverbs 11:22 is all about. The Bible has said for thousands of years, that beauty is more and skin deep.


How our families need to hear this message.

The top stressor among up and coming youth is physical appearance. Much of this has to do with the way that adults praise and acknowledge those who are, in our minds, beautiful or attractive. Husbands, realize that the beauty of your wife is more than the way she looks. Wives, glorify God both inwardly and outwardly.