The visions of Prophets recorded in the Bible are God-given revelations, that we might see spiritual realities otherwise hidden. Often these apocalypses,(“unveilings) use symbolism and metaphor to reveal abstract truths to God’s people.
In apocalyptic imagery, a woman is often a symbol for a spiritual body.
Israel - Daughter - Zion - Wife - Jahweh
Thus faithful Israel is often referred to as “the daughter of Zion”, or the “wife of Jahweh”. Unfaithful, or backslidden Israel is likened unto a harlot in prophetic imagery.
In the New Testament also, the believing church is called “The elect lady”, and “The Bride of Christ”.
Book - Proverbs - Book - Revelation - Things
The book of Proverbs and the book of Revelation have this in common (among other things), that both texts present to the reader a choice between two women.
In Proverbs we overhear the godly counsel given to the Son of David, warning him of the choices he must make, particularly between two women. The young man is presented with the harlot, the strange woman who flatters with her mouth, but whose guests end up in ****.The father expressly writes to deliver his son from her;
Book - Simple - Message - Wisdom - Stolen
All through the book we see her, or hear her crying out to the simple, her false message of wisdom,”Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant”(Proverbs 9).
We read Proverbs hoping that the young man will make the right choice and are relieved at the end when he does, for there the ultimate virtuous woman is revealed;
Narrative - Book - Table - Streets - Simple
She too has been woven throughout the entire narrative of he book, we see her diligently setting a table, and calling out in the streets to redeem the simple, and honoring her husband before others.
This is about more than wisdom to marry right, nor is it merely an exhortation to sexual morality. The two women are two spiritualities,...
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