Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
What does that even mean? I think sometimes when reading the Bible we’re tempted to gloss over the parts that don’t make sense when, in all actuality, those are the parts we need to dig into most. We need to wrestle with the verses that seem absurd so we can come to an understanding of why God put them in the Bible.
I had to do that with this verse. When that happens, I usually start by defining words.
Discretion = The quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one’s own actions or speech, prudence or decorum.
Because that didn’t really add much clarity to the above verse, I kept searching Webster’s.
Discreet = Judicious (wise, sensible or well-advised) in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect; modestly unobtrusive (inconspicuous, unassertive); unostentatious (not given to pretentious or conspicuous show in attempt to impress others; lacking manners).
So a woman beautiful on the outside but lacking manners, lacking restraint in her lips, lacking modesty and respect, is compared to a pig with a gold nose ring.